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Exercising during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Physical activity can be beneficial, even during pregnancy

Unfortunately, today there is an increasing tendency to see and experience pregnancy as a pathological condition.

Actually, this period of a woman’s life is an absolutely natural condition and as such should be lived, taking care of your body and what you eat   / /news/pregnancy/eating-during-pregnancy but without anxiety and excess.

Therefore, it is possible, actually advisable, to do some physical activity even during pregnancy (except in case of specific problems, for which you should seek the opinion of a specialist).

Indeed, exercising and practising sports helps expectant mothers to cope better with the nine months of gestation, mitigating the usual complaints that can occur in this period such as:

  • the feeling of heaviness in the legs;
  • excessive weight gain;
  • tired back (strengthening your muscles, especially paravertebral ones, helps your back support the weight of your growing "bump").

Most suitable sports and rules to follow

Before beginning any exercise program, it is always good practice to ask the advice of your gynecologist, who will probably evaluate the need to do some tests, to get the full picture of the health condition of a pregnant woman.

Once your gynecologist has given the green light, those women who already practised physical activity before getting pregnant can continue it, but at a slower pace, even in the first trimester of pregnancy.

For other women, more sedentary, it is rather advisable to wait until the end of the first three months.

Exercises to do and avoid during pregnancy

Generally speaking, all physical activities are well recognised as being safe and beneficial, except for those that can expose you to the risks of falls or abdominal traumas (such as exercises involving "melee" activities).

The ideal is a light-to-moderate intensity activity, such as:

  • cycling or working out on a stationary bike;
  • walking;
  • practising yoga;
  • water activities.

Since the difficulties encountered by women in this period are mainly related to body mass gain, all anti-gravity activities (such as swimming or running on an underwater treadmill for example) are highly recommended.

As a matter of fact, weight is not felt as a problem under water and joints are less stressed as well.

In any case, we should always listen to the signals our body sends and stop the exercise (and consult a doctor) in case of:

  • dizziness;
  • increased risk for altered heartbeat;
  • severe fatigue;
  • bleeding.

During pregnancy, the body of a woman is faced with a growing need for nutrients, the more so if you practice sport.

When diet alone is not enough, you can make use of supplementation with specific products.

In this case, the most suitable supplements are those for containing vitamins, iron  and folic acid (this vitamin, in particular, is useful in pregnancy as it contributes to the growth of maternal tissues and takes part in the processes of cell division, affecting the development of the foetus).

Check out the range of cosmetics and supplements from Dr Giorgini with plants and nutrients useful during pregnancy and lactation. 

 


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