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Mind-Body-Spirit Exercises Fit for Pregnancy

Gentle Ways to Stay Fit
-- By Laura Bofinger

Are you prepared to stay fit during your pregnancy? You'll want to keep strength, flexibility, and endurance during these months. Doing so means you'll be able to handle the extra weight and you'll be in better shape for the physical stress of labor.

Many fitness offerings for pregnant women are geared toward those who want to continue a modified form of their pre-pregnancy activities, including sports and vigorous cardio routines. But for those of you who are looking for a gentler way to improve strength and fitness while developing a calm, relaxed state of mind, you too have many options. Consider these exercise forms that are geared toward a mind and body focus routine: yoga, pilates, water exercise, and tai chi. Here's a quick guide to the benefits of these uplifting exercise genres.

Yoga - It helps you breathe and relax. Yoga focuses on poses and stretches for both physical and emotional rewards. It can relieve fluid retention and cramping that are common in later months. Strengthening and massaging the abdomen with yoga helps stimulate bowel action and appetite. It raises energy level while helping to slow metabolism and restore calm and focus. Yoga can relieve tension around the cervix and birth canal.

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"I never thought to look on Netflix. What a great idea! I looked online for a Yoga DVD, checking out reviews, etc. I found the one I wanted but checked it out at the public library before I bought it. The library is a great way to make a decision on something you see online or in the store if it's available." -- ROGGEDANCE
"BabyFit also offers FREE Fitness Fitness Videos. Check those out for workout options." -- SAMANTHABABYFIT
"For people with Netflix accounts, I've found quite a number of prenatal stretching (yoga and non-yoga) and other exercise DVDs available either for request, or for instant viewing over the internet. This can be a really affordable way to not have to buy a DVD, and still be able to access it anytime you want. Our public library also has a number of prenatal exercise DVDs, but of course those are limited as to how long you can keep them, and tend to be on the older side :P

I wish I could afford..." -- PEARLKITTY
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Laura Bofinger
Laura always finds something to write about in life. She uncovers inspiration every day while working as a freelance writer, specializing in health and fitness.
Laura Bofinger


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