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Benifits of Dancing during Pregnancy

Benifits of Dancing during Pregnancy

by: Dr. Meenu Verma
Sr. Physiotherapist

For every woman, pregnancy is a beautiful, life-changing experience. To maintain an exercise routine, with the morning sickness, tiredness and the hormonal changes it is difficult. However during pregnancy dancing is a great exercise. It will maintain your flexibility while toning your muscles.

Before doing any kind of pregnancy exercises always talk with your doctor. If you danced regularly before pregnancy, you may continue dancing at the same intensity as before, but you will need to modify it, according to your belly changes due to pregnancy.

Tips for dancing in the first trimester

  • Warm up will prepare your joints & muscles for exercise, which will increase your heart rate slowly. The most effective way to warm up is low-intensity dance and gradually builds it up over 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Modify the intensity according to your comfort zone.
  • Be gentle- Always start with marching or stepping side by side it will prevent joint soreness.

Tips for dancing in second and third trimester –

  • Zumba, hip-hop, tap dance is more difficult as your pregnancy progress.
  • Ballroom dancing is a dance form – Increase your heart rate and activate your muscles.
  • Belly dancing keeps you flexible, gentle movement provide good effects on health.

Some benefits of dancing during pregnancy –

  • Dancing keeps your body flexible during pregnancy.
  • Dancing is a great way to maintain your fitness level.
  • It helps to maintain your muscle tone.
  • It helps to improve blood circulation and works to maintain your heart & lungs healthy during pregnancy.
  • Dancing reduces the stress during pregnancy.
  • Dancing during pregnancy makes you feel feminine and graceful.
  • Belly dancing, when done properly is naturally moving the baby into a right position for birth.
  • It also tones up the pelvic floor muscle.
  • The repetitive and rhythmic movement leads to good blood flow.
  • Dancing mainly involves the abdominal area which will improve digestion and helps to prevent constipation as well.
  • Dancing involves pelvic girdle muscle which will reduce urinary incontinence complications.
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