Here are some exercises for a mom to-be

| Updated: Jul 26, 2016 23:18 IST

New Delhi, July 26 (ANI): Exercise does wonders during pregnancy. It boosts your mood, improves sleep, and relieves aches and pains. It also prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance. In addition, staying active now makes it that much easier to get back in shape after your baby is born. So, Poonam Gupta, director Gold's Gym Gurgaon suggests expecting moms get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day, five days a week. All of the cardiovascular exercises increase blood circulation, muscle tone and endurance, which you will be thankful for coming delivery day. Swimming may just be the perfect pregnancy workout. As in water, you weigh one-tenth of what you do on land, so you will feel lighter and more limber. A dip in the pool may also help relieve nausea, sciatic pain and puffy ankles. There is no easier exercise to fit into your busy schedule than walking. It is a workout you can continue to fit in right up until delivery date. Experienced runners can stay on track during pregnancy. Just stick to level terrain and never overdo it. Low-impact aerobics and dance workout classes are a great way to increase your heart rate and get the endorphins flowing if you are a newbie exerciser. As your abdomen expands, avoid any activities that require careful balance. A wonderful way to break sweat without putting pressure on your ankle and knee joints is indoor cycling. It lets you pedal at your own pace without the risk of falling. Lifting weights is safe when you are expecting. Just opt for more reps using a lower weight than usual. A pregnancy-appropriate pilates routine focuses mainly on strengthening your core and tightening your muscles. Prenatal yoga is another ideal workout for the mom to be. It encourages relaxation, flexibility, focus and deep breathing. Finally the moms should keep in mind that there are, of course, many more ways to remain fit during pregnancy. There are even few exercises which are strict no during this time. So, always confirm with your consultant before taking up exercises. (ANI)