What physical activities and lifestyle?

Moderate and adapted physical activity, a lifestyle focused on your health and that of your future baby should accompany the entire pregnancy.

The months leading up to the birth of the baby are important times in which to mobilize everything that can promote the health of the mother and the unborn child.

Here are some recommendations.

What physical activity during pregnancy?

Maintaining physical activity is important for maintaining abdominal muscles, promoting sleep, reducing the risk of phlebitis, and keeping weight under control, among other things. And on a psychological level, the interest is no less.

On the other hand, this activity must remain reasonable, i.e. it must not lead to shortness of breath. We can include daily walking of at least half an hour, swimming, gymnastics as long as the sessions are short.

Logically, and unless medically contraindicated, it is necessary to avoid lying and sitting for too long. Therefore do e.g. E.g. breaks of at least 1 minute per hour for office work or 5 to 10 minutes every 90 minutes for low-intensity physical activity.

The sport

Sports such as martial arts, horseback riding, any sports that require strong endurance, or even skiing, cycling, etc. are strongly discouraged.

On the other hand, if you exercised before you became pregnant, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional.

Fight against heavy legs

In the very last months of pregnancy, it is not unusual for impatience or tingling in the legs, which appear heavy. When this happens, you can walk, climb stairs, swim, at least 20 minutes a day…

Daily hygiene

General rules

Is it worth remembering that quitting smoking and not consuming alcohol are fundamental principles during pregnancy?

On the other hand, here are some rules to follow as much as possible:

  • eat in a way that avoids listeriosis and toxoplasmosis;
  • barrier gestures with people suffering from infectious diseases to which you are not immune;
  • in the absence of immunity to toxoplasmosis, exercise caution when treating pets;
  • Protect yourself from STIs by wearing a condom.

A healthy environment

Indoor air quality is important:

Ventilate regularly to remove pollutants, moisture and viruses.

When it comes to home care, use products that are as low in pollutants as possible (eco-label) and ventilate during and after use.

Avoid perfumes and essential oils.

Limit exposure to endocrine disruptors that may affect fetal development or fertility:

  • paraben of certain hygiene products;
  • bisphenol A in plastic products;
  • soft plastic phthalates;
  • fluorinated compounds of certain non-stick pans;
  • Triclosan in toothpastes, deodorants.

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