For pregnant women, the legs are among the body parts that take the burden of bearing the added weight. It is not uncommon to find pregnant women whose legs swell during pregnancy. Particularly during the second and third trimester, the pregnancy can affect the blood circulation and fluid retention in the leg area.
It is highly advisable to perform leg exercises for pregnant women to keep the legs strong enough to bear the weight, and of course to keep them shapely and toned.
The benefits of performing simple leg exercises is not limited to having these parts of the body looking good. Aside from toning your legs, they may also help in improving your blood circulation, which is vital for you and the person you’re creating in your tummy.
Toning your legs through exercise is also beneficial in preventing cramps and varicose veins, both of these are common among pregnant women. Furthermore, these are helpful in alleviating constipation, reducing stress and anxiety, and enhancing your endurance and overall strength. These results can greatly help you deal with labor, as well as delivery.
Simple exercises for legs may come in the form of leg lifts.This kind of workout is useful for toning thigh muscles. This could be done by lying on the right side with the hips, knees, and shoulders aligned. The right hand can serve as a support for your head.
You can place your left hand in front of you to keep the body in position. Lift your leg up as high as you comfortably can. Do this 10 times and then shift your position to work out your right leg. Depending on your level of flexibility, you can do this exercise either with your legs bent or straight.
If you feel any discomfort, you can stop the exercises and consult with your doctor. He or she should be able to advise you on other leg exercises that you can try.
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