Working Out While Pregnant
Benefits and playing it safe.
According to The Mayo Clinic, exercise is essential during pregnancy unless you’re
experiencing serious complications. You might feel the urge to kick up your feet,
but hopping off the couch and getting your heart racing while pregnant can have some serious benefits, including:
• Easing or preventing back pain and other discomfort
• Boosting your mood and energy levels
• Helping you sleep better
• Preventing excess weight gain
• Increasing stamina and muscle strength
But how can you play it safe during your pregnancy? Get the OK from your health
care provider before you begin a regimen. Certain issues could cause your health care provider to advise against exercise. Once you’ve been given the green light, stick to the recommended amount of 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week.
The Mayo Clinic suggests walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, or cycling on a stationary bike. And try not to overextend yourself. A good gauge is to make sure you’re able to hold a conversation while you’re exercising – if you can’t you’re likely working out too hard. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids and to warm up and cool down.
Source: The Mayo Clinic
Are you choosing the right one for you?
You might think you know your bra size – but do you really? Hanes lays out a few simple steps to ensure you find your perfect-fit bra. First, grab a flexible tape measure and a comfortable, non-padded bra. Don’t wear one that is bulky or minimizing. Put your bra on, but forego a shirt. Then, wrap the tape measure around your chest where the bra’s band is, holding the tape snugly. Add 5 inches to the measurement number, but go up one if the number you end up with isn’t even.
Not sure if that number is accurate? Double check yourself by wrapping the tape around your chest, above your bust and just below your underarms. This should be the number you ended up with for your band size.
Finally, measure for your cup size. To do this, gently wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust and take a breath in and out. Round to the nearest whole number and subtract your band size from your bust size. The difference between the two numbers will determine your cup size.