During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes a series of changes that affect almost all organs. As for the musculoskeletal system, the progressive increase of weight and the development of the fetus in the frontal part condition a redistribution of the corporal mass and compensations to obtain the bal
During pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes a series of changes that affect almost all organs. As for the musculoskeletal system, the progressive increase of weight and the development of the fetus in the frontal part condition a redistribution of the corporal mass and compensations to obtain the balance.
The center of gravity shifts and the body posture changes so that the muscles and ligaments of the lumbar area bear greater loads than under normal conditions, this is further enhanced by the distension and weakness of the abdominal muscles.
The importance of stretching during pregnancy
These changes are usually the cause of back pain that almost all pregnant women present. Apart from lumbalgias, as the pregnancy progresses it will be evident a decrease in the sense of balance, agility and changes in posture that condition the activities of daily life before simple and now a challenge for the pregnant woman.
The practice of regular exercise and stretching of the lower back and in general of the whole body are the best option to prevent lower back pain and the other mentioned changes. It is also shown that the practice of exercise and stretching prevent other possible consequences of pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or excessive weight gain.
What factors should be taken into account when exercising during pregnancy
When exercising and stretching there are a number of factors to consider:- The situation prior to pregnancy,
if the woman was sedentary, start in a very progressive way si or if you exercised regularly, which will facilitate your body adaptation. It is important that you have consulted with the doctor before starting if in each case it is convenient to do stretching or exercise. The best way to ensure that it is done well is to be guided by professionals. - The best combination is aerobic exercise plus stretching
of all muscle groups. Aerobic exercise is important for the lung capacity that is altered due to changes in the costal and diaphragm mobility. Stretches will help me improve back pain, prepare the body for childbirth and make recovery later. In addition, if the stretches are made according to the posture and combined with the breathing, the sense of balance and postural hygiene will help to improve the agility.