Many women are worried about gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy, but on the other hand working out doesn’t seem particularly safe, so they tend to stick to walking or yoga at best. However, dancing has emerged as a perfectly suitable and even recommendable physical activity that can help you stay fit, active, and stress-free during your pregnancy. Even obstetricians agree that exercise is highly beneficial for pregnant women because it’s essential for keeping the body flexible, which can make labor and delivery easier.
What are the benefits of dancing during pregnancy?
Dancing during pregnancy has numerous benefits, both physical and psychological. As you know, your body undergoes lots of changes during this period, and the worst thing you can do is stay in bed and watch your favorite TV show. Still, if you haven’t been physically active before pregnancy, it’s not a good idea to adopt a new regimen now. Luckily, dancing is a whole different story as you can follow your own pace and rhythm, while moves can be changed to fit your needs. Dancing is great for maintaining stability and balance, and it can also help you tone your muscles. As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts, thus increasing your risk of tripping and falling, so dancing can help you avoid the risk of injury as it’s one of the best ways to improve your balance. Besides that, lower back pain is common in pregnant women, and since dancing strengthens your core and back muscles, it’s excellent for preventing and alleviating this kind of discomfort. Dance classes are great for lifting your spirits and having fun with other women. Psychologically speaking, group dancing can have a positive impact on your perception of pregnancy and coming to terms with the changes that your body undergoes. Finally, some studies have shown that dancing increases levels of serotonin, thus making you feel great.
Do I need to talk to my doctor?
Regular medical check-ups are a must for all pregnant women. Even if you danced regularly before pregnancy, it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor in order to get clearance for any kind of exercise. This especially goes for the first trimester, so make sure to follow all the guidelines and suggestions. In certain cases, dancing isn’t a good idea, and this also refers to any physical activity in general, so make sure that everything is ok before hitting the dancefloor. If you’re completely new to the whole dancing routine, it would be best to think about joining beginner dance classes for adults, because that way you can be sure that you’re doing everything properly.
Are there any safety precautions?
First of all, you’ll have to be gentle and to listen to your body. That way you’ll be able to adjust your movements and pace and feel comfortable during this exhilarating physical training. Experts suggest that you should monitor your heart rate, and according to them you should keep it under 140 beats per minute. Dancing can increase your body temperature by several degrees, and since this isn’t good for the baby, make sure to drink plenty of water and take occasional breaks, especially if your temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius. Before every dancing session, perform a thorough warm-up routine as this is essential for preventing injuries. In case that you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, vaginal bleeding, or any other discomfort, stop immediately and contact your doctor.
Can I dance on my own?
If you can’t find dance classes near your home, and your doctor has greenlighted moderate physical activity, you can also dance at home. Of course, it’s always better to have a fully trained instructor who could keep an eye on you while you’re dancing, and who could tell you how to adjust your movements, but you can also find some prenatal dance workouts online. Again, if you feel that certain movements are too much for you, skip them. For example, instead of jumping, you can simply march to the rhythm. And the most important thing is that you shouldn’t care how well you’re dancing as long as you’re feeling fine.
Try pepping up your pregnancy with dancing, as this will energize you and help you prepare your body for the upcoming labor and childbirth.
Our post this week is contributed by Roxana Oliver. Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.