Is it Safe to Exercise during Pregnancy?

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In most cases, some exercises during pregnancy are safe. It is very important to stay fit and have a healthy lifestyle when you are pregnant. Doing some pregnancy exercises will help you maintain weight and prepare for childbirth. Moreover, if you were physically fit and active before pregnancy, it might be safe to stay physically active during pregnancy too. Exercising will also help you overcome mood-swings and sleep well. Here are the answers to some common exercise-related questions running through the minds of most pregnant women.

Will exercising harm my baby?

Contrary to the popular belief, exercising will neither harm your baby nor cause miscarriage. Although heavy exercise will not harm your baby, you will be quickly exhausted. This is because the amount of blood in your body increases by about 50 percent when you are pregnant, and your heart works harder to circulate blood all around, including to the placenta. Therefore the pressure on your heart will be 50 percent higher for the same exercise that you used to do before pregnancy.

What exercises should I avoid during pregnancy?

Not all exercises for pregnant women are safe. Some of the exercises and activities you should avoid during pregnancy are as follows:
• Activities in which you’re likely to fall, such as skiing
• Holding your breath during any activity
• Exercising in humid or hot weather
• Full sit-ups, deep knee bends, double leg raises, and straight-leg toe touches
• Twisting your waist while standing
• Playing sports, such as football, basketball, and volleyball.
• Any exercise that may lead to abdominal trauma, including activities that require speedy changes in direction
• Activities that involve extensive hopping, jumping, skipping, running, or bouncing
• Bouncing while stretching
• Heavy exercise followed by long duration of no activity

What are the advantages of exercising?

Here are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy.
• Better sleep. Know more about best sleeping positions during pregnancy
• Lower the risk of some complications related to pregnancy
• Reduced discomfort
• Boost in energy and reduced stress
• Improved self-image
• Prepares you for childbirth
• Helps you quickly get in shape after delivery

You would be pleased to know that there are some pregnancy exercises for normal delivery. However, consult your doctor to know which exercise best suits your body.

When should I stop exercising during pregnancy?

It is advisable to stop exercising and consult your doctor if you go through the following symptoms while exercising:
• Abdominal cramping
• Severe nausea
• Vaginal bleeding
• Light-headedness
• Extreme headaches

From yoga to Pilates to swimming during pregnancy, exercising enhances your spirits and prepares you for labour. Pregnancy isn’t the time to your limits, and it’s important to be cautious while working out. Pampers India will be your best friend during and after pregnancy. Read through the expert tips and get answers to all your queries from Pampers India.


9 Things No One Tells Us About How Hard Recovering From Childbirth Is Going To Be


Pregnancy is all about eating right and how big your belly looks. But postpartum recovery poses serious challenges that no one ever talks about! Seriously, I am still pissed off with my mother and mother-in-law who didn’t say a word…NOT a word about this to me.

I am sharing with you things no one tells us about how hard recovering from childbirth is going to be:

1. Nether regions are messy and sore

A pain only a mother who has gone through a normal delivery will understand. The baby comes out of your ’vajayjay’ – that’s no little feat! Sometimes to facilitate easy delivery, the doctor makes a cut till your anus, and then stitches it up. This area, it goes without saying, hurts like nobody’s business. You can’t sit or lie down on your back. You need someone to apply anti-bacterial cream down there (don’t worry about shame…you will lose it somewhere during the childbirth and will never find it again), need to sit in hot tubs of salt or betadine, or sit on inflated rings to ease the pain.

2. Pooping is painful business

Peeing is still okay, but pooping is a nightmare, especially if you develop hemorroids. Once you sit to poop, you pray you never have to poop again in your lifetime. And, when you don’t feel like pooping, you wish you’d die than to have to poop the next time. It took me 4-5 months to recover from the episiotomy. Meanwhile, I visited a proctologist to know if I was the only one in this whole world who had this terrible pain, two different gynaecologists (I felt sure my OB/GYN was not giving me the complete picture) who didn’t tell me any different than what my OB/GYN had told me – that there was nothing wrong with me. And, of course, I had gulped down massive amounts of laxatives during this period.

3. Breastfeeding is not as easy as it seems

You might have fantasized about breastfeeding your little baby with all love and smiles. But, the reality is nowhere close to the fantasy. For let me tell you, a newborn might have latching problems, which means sore boobs for you. There were times in the initial one month, when I dreaded feeding my baby, and cried every time she cried for milk. It was such a painful business. As if feeding her wasn’t hard enough, my boobs would be hard and painful when she didn’t take a feed. I remember having expressed milk in the bathroom sink when once my daughter slept without taking a feed. It was so painful to see all that milk going down the drain, that I cried -which takes me to the next ill-effect of childbirth.

4. Hormones go for a toss

As if pregnancy isn’t hard enough, post pregnancy hormones are worse. You cry when there is something to cry about, but most times you cry for no reason at all. I remember crying for silly things that normally I wouldn’t even give two hoots about. My husband said I cried more than our baby did and started calling me a ‘cry baby’. To tell you frankly, I still haven’t recovered from my crying hormones completely, and can still cry at the drop of a hat.

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Sex after childbirth

You must think I am a fool to write about sex after childbirth. Come on, it’s sex! How difficult can it be? How else did we have a child in the first place? The stork didn’t gift the child to us; we had sex to deliver a child.

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I know, I know. But believe me after the childbirth sex is not the same anymore. Baby book would suggest you can have sex after 1.5 months and all that crap. But is it that easy? The childbirth wreaks havoc on your vayjayjay. The swelling and the stitches make it look worse. The hormones play dirty tricks on you. You are fat, you feel ugly and a species from another planet. Your baby sucks at you the entire time and when she is not latched on to you, she is either peeing or pooping. And when the little angel from Hell (well, there are times when you definitely feel so) is at last sleeping, you have hundred and one chores to complete. So at the end of the day, you have neither the drive nor the energy to dress up, let alone think of sex. You are totally put off by the mere mention of the word. You get panic attacks. It’s as if you have been asked to murder the Pope.

Your partner may find a little difficult to understand. When his partner (that’s you) all of a sudden starts screaming bloody murder even if he so much as lays a finger on you, just imagine what the poor soul must suffer through. It’s not easy for you. But again, it’s not easy for him either.

Here are a few tips that might help you and him re-discover your natural appetite for sex.

Go easy. That’s the first mantra. One of my friends was indulging in normal intercourse just after 15 days of childbirth. Well, that was her. You don’t have to prove anything to anybody. So if you feel your body is not upto it, make your partner understand. Tell him you need time. You gave birth to a baby, if at all your man should respect you and your body for that. If you have had an episiotomy, I will strongly recommend you to stay away from it for at least a couple of months till the area has completely healed. Better ask your doc before rushing into something.

Your body is not the same anymore. You have hideous stretch marks on your butt and belly, your breasts are huge and sagging and your tummy looks as if you are already carrying another baby. That’s the truth. It happens with all women. But don’t berate yourself. Pregnancy weight doesn’t disappear overnight. Plus, if you are feeding, you need proper nutrition. So don’t lose confidence. You are beautiful to your partner, no matter what.

Don’t dive into intercourse straight on. Sex doesn’t have to be only about intercourse. Start with sweet somethings; a stolen kiss, necking like teenagers, a pat here and a cuddle there to re-ignite your buried passions. This will build confidence for you to take the next step.

Arrange for little date nights. It will be wonderful for your love life if both of you can go out alone for a few hours once a week. If you can arrange for somebody to look after your newborn, I’d suggest go for a quiet dinner or a movie and see if the magic works.

Exercise is the key. Go for walks, yoga or light exercises once your doctor okays it. You will feel fitter and healthier. It also helps in relaxing you and making your sex life better.

Arm yourself. Arrange for some porn, light scented candles and wear a sexy negligee. You may not believe it but porn, sex games or role plays can come in very handy in those initial days when you are trying to get back your lost libido.

Lubricant is thy name. Get hold of some lubricants. Your body might decide to play games on you (some women may experience acute dryness or have trouble generating natural lubrication). So better be prepared than sorry. K-Y jelly is medicated while Durex pleasure gel lubes come in numerous flavours and aromas. They are totally safe (and edible too). So put loads of it. Also, don’t forget some condoms even if you are breastfeeding. You don’t want one night of passion to turn into something else, do you?

Still wary of it? Give yourself some more time. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with you. It’s just in your mind. Let yourself go and enjoy the moment. If your pussy can let a baby pass through it, there’s no reason for it to fear a dick. The fun is in the trials and errors. When you really want it, it will happen. Just like that without any warning. No sexy negligees, no candles and no porn. Just plain old rustic sex.

One more tip for my kindred spirits: Try initially with you on the top. This way you can control the force and vigour.

Now baby, relax and enjoy!!! Sex after childbirth is just a little difficult, not impossible. 🙂

What to expect during a normal delivery?

You must have seen ample movies where they show you women in child birth pushing hard a couple of times and lo, the baby’s out; all pink and pretty. Well friends, in reality it’s a different scenario altogether. Trust the cinema to leave out the gory details.

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I hadn’t thought much about the labour room except that there will be the doctor and a midwife to assist in the childbirth. So just imagine my shock when I saw a horde of people, six to be precise standing in the labour room. They were the delivery team; midwives, assistants and trainees. But once I was over the initial shock, I couldn’t have cared less. In the throes of pain, I was neither embarrassed nor concerned about these strange people peering down my vagina. But it sure looked like a scene out of a cheap sex comedy. And it would have been funny too if only I had been in the mood to appreciate. 😉

Next, mine was an episiotomy without my knowledge. In spite of my extensive reading on pregnancy and childbirth, I can’t figure out till this date how could I have not known about episiotomy. Anyways, as I came to know later, episiotomy helps facilitate easy and speedy birthing and prevents rupture of tissues. My doctor gave me local anesthesia around the vagina and then made a cut with scissors between the vagina and anus. It didn’t hurt then, but later I was cursing the doctor every single minute.

But the best part is when you are actually delivering. Did you know that with each push, you push out liquidy poo too? Yes, you read it right dearies. Are you shocked? Don’t be. The doctor and the delivery team were well equipped for it and they kept on wiping up the poo each time I threw out.

And for myself, I couldn’t care less. I had a more pressing matter to attend to.

I remember I screamed and howled in pain and the midwives shushed me up every time I did so. Also, like a true movie buff, I held the bed post when the midwife told me, “This is not a Bollywood movie. Hands down by your side.”

I felt like asking, “Really? Then how will the child come out?” But I was too stressed out to voice it. I meekly did what I was asked to.

I breathed and pushed, pushed and breathed, though it became increasingly difficult to do both after sometime. But somehow I sailed through. I also remember that the labor room felt hot, stuffy and claustrophobic. Thank God, it got over soon.

And once the baby was out after a lot of hard work, it’s only a matter of minutes when they delivered the placenta too.

Then started the stitching up process. After all that I had gone through, stitching was a dream. And once the baby was out, I could just hear her cries and wanted desperately to take her in my arms. I felt strong enough to run a Marathon but when asked to, I couldn’t even get up because of the numbness in the lower region. But don’t worry, the effect wearies off in a hour or two.

One that I learnt from my birthing experience is:

In spite of reading the books and talking to all the experienced people, you can still be never prepared for your birthing experience. Your pain is yours and so is your experience.

So how was your birthing experience?