Exercise and Relaxation
who enjoy being physically active early in life are
more likely to become active and healthy adults. And
we, as adults, need to set an example for our children
Find things that you and your children can do together—from
skipping and dancing to hiking and swimming. Children
love to explore their physical abilities. They need
your praise and en-couragement, and they need safe places
They also need time to relax. Sharing quiet times is
a great way to reduce stress and feel close as a family.
A Hike in the Woods
Enjoy one of California’s many parks.
They offer camping, hiking, sports, educational
programs and much more. Call California State
Parks or visit
Carole says, “Mia
and I love exercising together.”
After the Birth
- With some gentle exercise every day, your
figure can get back to normal.
- Ask your doctor if you can begin exercises
to strengthen your pelvic and stomach muscles right
after the birth.
- If you have had a C-section, you may need
to wait a couple of weeks before exercising. Ask
your doctor when you can begin.
- For more information, visit www.childbirth.org.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Play and be active with your child.
If You Are Pregnant
- Talk to your doctor before you start an
exercise program. Ask her about prenatal exercises.
Be sure to tell her about the ways you exercised
before you got pregnant.
- Exercise to improve muscle tone, blood
circulation and energy, and to reduce stress.
- Think about joining an exercise, yoga
or swimming class for pregnant women.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t
get too hot.
- Avoid sit-ups. And don’t lie flat
on your back in the later stages of pregnancy—it
reduces the blood flow to the baby.
- Be extra careful in the first and last
weeks of your pregnancy.
- Join a childbirth class to learn breathing
exercises to help you during labor.