Baby bum, Music and Dance! Interesting right?
There are usually many questions that come to mind when planning how to exercise during pregnancy. Maybe going to the gym is no longer as thrilling as before you fell pregnant. Don’t worry, there’s a better way to exercise; ‘Dance’!
Dance can help you keep healthy, flexible and stress free during your pregnancy. We know that it is every women’s dream to have a personal fitness regime in order to ensure good health and of course, maintain a fabulous figure but with pregnancy comes physical, emotional and mental changes, from gaining extra fat, dealing with hormones, cravings, nausea, exhaustion etc.
According to an ancient wisdom, exercising can help women enjoy a safe pregnancy. There are many health benefits that come with exercising when you are pregnant.
A study was done by Professor Ruben Barakat and a team of researchers highlighted that physical exercise programmes throughout pregnancy decreased the duration of the first phase of labor as well as total time of the first two phases together, leading to a decrease in total labor time. During the study they also found that the women who exercised were less likely to require an epidural during childbirth.
Exercising during your pregnancy can help:
- Reduce backaches.
- Reduce bloating.
- Improve your energy and mood.
- Prevent excessive weight gain.
Although dancing is also suggested as a great exercise for pregnant women by doctors, there are precautions you need to keep in mind. Remember that, not every dance move is pregnancy friendly, therefore you don’t want to find yourself doing more harm than good to your body and unborn baby.
It is important to get clearance from your healthcare provider before doing any kind of pregnancy exercise. And if you danced regularly before getting pregnant, you can probably continue dancing at the same intensity as before, but you’ll need to make modifications as your belly expands. There may be reasons that exercising during your pregnancy is a bad idea.
These may include health conditionslike:
- Certain forms of heart or lung disease
- Problems with your cervix
- Vaginal bleeding
- Placental issues
- Preterm labour
- Severe anaemia
- Premature membrane rupture
You don’t want to do strenuous dance moves that involve heavy jumping and tension. Instead, you can take dance like Zumba which can be a good fitness option during pregnancy, even if you are trying it for the first time.
During the first trimester, ensurethat you take it easy. It is advisable that you take warm up sessions before you start dancing. This will help prepare your joints and muscles to cope with any pressure during the dance and even limit your chances of getting injured.
In your second and third trimester, you would need to pay extra attention on your balancing. Avoid dance like hip hop and others that include a lot of pressure, jerking, lifts, jumps, bends, twirling etc.
Remember modifications would need to be made as your pregnancy grows. Take it easy and listen to your body. Have fun during pregnancy and dance your heart out but always ensure that you and the little one is safe at all times.
Visit your local Fred Astaire Dance Studio. We offer private and social group lessons in ballroom, samba, jazz and salsa. Our trained instructors are capable of changing routines to better fit your needs. Are you pregnant and miss dancing? Come and dance with us