Jun 21, 2011
Dancing during pregnancy is a fun way of staying fit. According to the founder and director of Dancing Thru Pregnancy (DTP), Ann Cowlin, a well-being program under the guidance of trained professionals can offer numerous benefits to the mom and baby.
Dancing, walking and yoga are good for pregnant women. Some of the benefits of dancing during pregnancy include:
Pregnant women must choose exercises according to their comfort level. You must make sure that your trainer is certified to work with post-natal population for a certified trainer is who will understand physiology of pregnancy and instruct you in the desired manner.
Women who were habitual dancers before pregnancy can safely continue doing so throughout their first trimester. but must try to avoid movements that require jumping. Make sure that you warm up before exercising to prepare your body and joints for exercise. By skipping warm up sessions, you may strain your joints and muscles.
You may keep the intensity of your workout low by keeping one leg on the floor all the time. The intensity of your dancing session must be comfortable. You must be aware of your body’s limitations and listen to the cues.
By the second trimester, your center of gravity will shift. So, you need to be extremely cautious while dancing or exercising. Tracey Mallett, a certified personal trainer in California suggests that irrespective of the kind of dance you are doing, it is essential to eliminate jerky movements, jumping, backbends and quick rotations. Doing such movements can put unwanted stress on your ligaments and even lead to injury.
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