Exercise during pregnancy

This has been a major concern for athletes and ladies who love to keep fit, as they think getting pregnant will reduce or halt their fitness goal.

Pregnancy doesn’t stop you from physical activities, it only requires much cautious but offers many benefits when it is done safely by lifting your spirits and preparing you for labor and child birth.


How can exercise help me in pregnancy?

Taking daily exercise won’t harm you or your baby, and may even help to prevent complications, such as pre-eclampsia. It may also help you to have a shorter labour and increase your chances of giving birth vaginally. Exercise helps you to deliver safely. It’s a norm for doctors to instruct a woman to exercise for some minutes if there is delay in delivery. And to avoid cases like this, it is good for you to exercise daily.

Being active and exercising regularly will help you to:

  • Keep pregnancy niggles, such as backache and pelvic girdle pain, constipation and fatigue, at bay.
  • Feel better about the changes that are happening to your pregnant body.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get a better night’s sleep.
  • Help to reduce or prevent depression and improve your self-esteem.
  • Prepare your body and mind for the demands of labour and birth.
  • Get back into shape after your baby is born.

Maintaining a daily and consistent workout routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and keep fit. If you are the type that loves physical activities, you should be able to continue in moderation.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise during Pregnancy

  • When you are fit, you’re more likely to give birth to a leaner baby.
  • With regular Aerobic exercise, the size of the Placenta increases, and so does its capacity to exchange oxygen and CO2, and nutrients and waste products.
  • Babies born to fit moms have greater cardiovascular capacity from the start.
  • Lean babies are less likely to become overweight or develop diabetes as adults.
  • If you breastfeed, improved immune function will carry over to your baby for the first several months of life.
  • Prevents excessive weight gain during pregnancy, which reduces both your risk of gestational diabetes and your baby’s risk of developing diabetes as an adult.
  • Fit moms bounce back into shape after delivery much more quickly than sedentary women.
  • Provides needed stamina for labor and delivery.

Best Aerobic Activities during Pregnancy

  • Fitness walking
  • Hiking
  • Treadmill
  • Elliptical trainer
  • Recumbent bicycle
  • Swimming
  • Dancing (low impact)
  • Jogging

The use of recumbent bike is the best option for pregnant women who desire to keep fit as it offers great comfort with its back seat thereby eliminating the risk of back pain, joint pain, sprain and muscle stiffness.

Safety Tips

  • Don’t over-do it. Stop exercising if you become short of breath and don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion. If you feel short of oxygen, you may be compromising oxygen delivery to your developing baby.
  • Don’t take risks. Avoid any activity that could cause trauma to your abdomen.
  • Don’t perform exercises that involve bouncy, jerky motions. Avoid exercises that compress the uterus.
  • During the second and third trimesters, don’t do exercises that require you to lie flat on your back. This position is associated with a decrease in blood flow and oxygen delivery.



What You Don’t Know About Nootropics

Nootropics, also known as smart drugs are substances that will enhance your brain functionality. It is able to give a boost on your motivation, alertness, creativity, memory and other executive functions.

They are effective because they act as addictive to the neurochemicals present in your brains, such as enzymes, neurotransmitters, and hormones, which help improve your cognitive functions. Besides that, Nootropics also have the ability to increase blood flow into your brain, and this will give an overall nerve growth.


The list of Nootropics ranging from LSD, Modafinil, Nicotine, Racetams, Adderall, and much more. Even the coffee you drink that contains caffeine is considered a kind of Nootropics.

Doctors have been using Nootropics on patients that suffer ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. They are not new drugs but they have slowly gained their popularity due to the many benefits they can give.

For a normal and healthy person, when you take Nootropics, you will feel a better sense of productivity, increase alertness, less depression, less stress, a more stable emotion, better coordination between body and mind, etc.

While not everyone will experience all the benefits of Nootropics, some will feel like nothing after they took these smart drugs. This is because you may feel very natural when your brain works at an improved efficiency.

However, some people will feel a great cognitive boost after taking Nootropics. Everyone is different and the effect may vary from each individual.

Luckily, Nootropics are not toxic and hence, do not have much negative side effects. The most common ones are like nausea, headaches, and allergic reaction. But the allergic reaction is very rare. More importantly, smart drugs are not addictive; they can be natural, affordable and easy to use.

It is suggested to only go for the natural and herbal Nootropics until you find out what suits your body the most. And not to abuse the smart drugs for thinking that they are the solution to all the problems you had. You will still need to keep your overall body healthy, take proper diet and get enough sleep.