Don’t be afraid to be active!
The idea is to stay fit for the whole nine months. Continue to work and live as normal. Why deprive yourself of physical activity? You just need to do it more moderately.
- If you’re already the sporty type, there is no reason to stop your favourite activity,
although some sports are not recommended, like:
> martial arts such as judo and karate.
>sports where there is a risk of falling: horse-riding, ice-skating, skiing, etc.
>sports involving a risk of hypoxia: underwater diving, sprinting, mountaineering or high-altitude trekking.
- Walking is the perfect activity if you are not very sporty: do at least half an hour per day.
- Swimming is an ideal sport during pregnancy, and is one of the few you can continue for the whole nine months. You could try aqua aerobics and swimming backstroke, which is good for your lumbar vertebrae.
- Yoga is also recommended: it increases your flexibility, gently tones your muscles, and retrains your breathing. You will save time and acquire skills useful in preparing for childbirth.
Moderate but regular physical activity will help you remain in tune with your body at a time when it can seem slightly out of your control:
> it will enable you to breathe more deeply, control your exertion and breathing over long periods, and take a step back,
> to strengthen your abdominal muscles,
> stimulate blood circulation especially in your legs,
> and increase your muscle capacity and flexibility.
If there is a risk of premature birth, follow your doctor’s advice with regard to all physical activity.
Keeping active has many benefits: eliminating stress, reducing anxiety, and distracting your attention from the little everyday discomforts of pregnancy.
These are good family habits worth introducing even before your family expands!
Good physical fitness will also make it easier to recover after giving birth.
Travelling is another way of being active
Your baby, well protected in its bubble of amniotic fluid, can accompany you anywhere.
Other than in the case of an at-risk pregnancy, and up to the seventh month, you can travel normally as long as you take a few precautions:
> avoid overly long journeys
> remember to keep hydrated
> make yourself comfortable. You may want to place a cushion behind your back to reduce back pain and fatigue
> walk regularly to get the blood flowing in your legs and stimulate venous circulation.
- By car: take breaks of at least 10 minutes every 200 or 300km. Attach your seatbelt by passing it below your tummy so that it is not too tight against your womb. If you are driving, do not forget that pregnancy can slow down your reflexes and lessen your concentration. In the final months, your tummy may get in the way of driving.
- By boat: there is no reason not to enjoy sailing, but after the sixth month stick to coastal areas within proximity of emergency assistance.
- By plane or train: these are preferable to the car for long journeys. Your doctor will be able to prescribe a treatment to prevent the risk of vascular thrombosis caused by sitting. Wearing support stockings may also be recommended. During the journey, get up regularly to reactivate your blood circulation.
Generally speaking, the more advanced your pregnancy, the less distance you should travel from the maternity hospital in which you plan to give birth.