These wintery months are especially long when you feel like you swallowed a beach ball and none of your clothes seem to fit anymore. Last week the groundhogs came out and spotted their shadows which is supposed to mean only 6 more weeks of winter. However great this news seems to be, to a pregnant mother 6 weeks can seem like an eternity. Since workouts are a quick way to feel better and are great both for mama and baby, here are a few quick and simple workouts to beat winter cabin fever.
As always in pregnancy, it is important to remember a few things when exercising in pregnancy. It is a good idea to speak to health care professional about any new regime or sport.
A modified sun-salutation for pregnancy
A sun salutation every morning could be just the thing to get those sore muscles going or at night to relax. Although yoga can be great during pregnancy, it is always wise to adapt our regime towards the end of pregnancy when muscles are looser, bellies are full and balance is less than normal.
There are plenty of good demonstrations on YouTube, or check out VeryWell's quick yoga routine. Also check out yoga studios in your area for prenatal classes where you can meet other mamas-to-be.
Walk in the great outdoors
There's nothing that can beat some vitamin D and fresh air. Bundle up, watch the ice but get out there. Have fun with older children or go for a hike. Even 15-20 minutes of brisk walking can do wonders for mental and physical health!
Hit the pool
The pool can do wonders for a mama as she can feel less weight-y. Lunges can be done in a shallow end, laps, dips, almost anything can be done underwater. Just the resistance of the water can be enough for many. Bring your toddler and swim around together - before you know it, you will have your heart rate up!
Instagram for inspiration
There are plenty of quick workout videos on instagram. By following a few fit mamas you can have a daily dose of ideas and inspiration on your phone. @fitpregnancy and @pregnancyworkout are some of my favourites who have varied content.
Remember, working out now creates good habits, healthy for mama and baby, and prepares your body for labour!