Contrary to popular belief, exercise is good for pregnant women. Moderate or low-impact physical exercises: jogging, aerobics, etc. are good for not just the mommy, but the unborn baby as well. However, not all exercises have to be low-impact.
Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, and the precautions you take, you can safely practice Boxing, yes boxing, during pregnancy. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Well, it’s true! Read our post below for some clarity on boxing during pregnancy.
What Is Boxing?
Boxing is a contact sport that comprises of boxing moves and martial arts kicks. Boxing is an effective exercise that strengthens your muscles. However, before practicing boxing during pregnancy, it is better to get some professional guidance from a gynecologist (1).
Health Benefits Of Boxing During Pregnancy:
Here are some of the crucial health benefits of practicing boxing exercise during pregnancy:
1. Build Strong Bones And Ligaments:
Boxing strengthens your bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. The strenuous physical activity facilitates improved metabolic rate and an easy removal of toxic wastes from your body.
2. Increases Cardiovascular Fitness:
Boxing incorporates full body movement that makes your heart and lungs work properly. It supplies enough amounts of blood and oxygen to the growing fetus. So, boxing boosts your cardiovascular fitness.
3. Improves Strength And Power:
Boxing is an ultimate full body workout that strengthens your hips, legs, glutes, chest, back, and shoulder. Punching against resistance makes your muscles stronger and boosts your overall strength and power.
Boxing is a stress relieving exercise that helps you remain active during pregnancy. However, it is advisable to avoid practicing hard kicks and punches after the second trimester of your pregnancy (2).
[ Read: Aerobics During Pregnancy ]
Reasons To Avoid Boxing During Pregnancy:
Doctors encourage the expectant mom to practice moderate physical exercises, but for boxing there are certain guidelines to follow. When the mother punches or kicks the punching bag hard, it imposes jarring effects into the uterus.
Here are some of the common reasons why boxing isn’t safe during pregnancy:
1. Higher Risk Injury:
Boxing increases the possibility of contact injury, and you are at greater risk to get directly kicked in the lower abdomen.
2. Losing Body Balance:
There is a real risk of losing balance and falling on the ground. The over-strained ligaments can easily get ruptured due to sudden fall and increase the possibility of miscarriage.
Boxing can heat your body up rather quick, which is extremely dangerous for the growing fetus.
[ Read: Cardio Exercises During Pregnancy ]
When To Stop Practicing Boxing During Pregnancy?
There are many benefits of performing moderate physical exercises or prenatal yoga during pregnancy. The risks of boxing during pregnancy increases due to sudden membrane rupture or abdomen attack. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop boxing and seek immediate medical attention:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Excessive shortness of breath
- Pelvic or back pain
- Dizziness or feeling faint
- Chest pain
- Painful contractions or any leakage of amniotic fluid
A Word Of Caution:
There are some other things that you should remain careful about while practicing boxing while you are pregnant:
- Take care to not overheat during boxing. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids and avoid exercising in hot weather.
- Do not let your blood sugar level drop excessively. If you are practicing boxing or other strenuous physical activity, it is important t to take more calories than normal. These extra calories can help you regain enough amount of energy and avoid overexertion.
- Wear appropriate shoes and clothing to practice the exercising regime.
- Monitor your breathing rate closely and adjust your intensity, according to your body’s capacity.
- Stop practicing boxing immediately if you feel dizzy, faint or suffer from severe heart palpitations. (3)
Did your doctor recommend you to incorporate boxing in your exercising regime during pregnancy? Did you practice boxing during your pregnancy? Share the story with us below!
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