One of the biggest stereotypes in our society is that pregnant women should avoid anything strenuous but keeping fit during the nine months is one of the most important factors that keeps the mother and baby healthy. Do cardio and don’t shy away from strength training, say experts Fitness trainers have doled out tips for a safe workout and fitness during pregnancy: Planning the workout: If you workout already and just do cardio, you might consider incorporating strength training to your regime. It will help you build muscle which will in turn help you carry the baby around and deal with all the stress on your back during pregnancy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStart slow: Before doing any exercise, make sure your form is correct. Seek professional help. Relying on workout videos is not advisable. Also, don’t trust your coach blindly. Ask questions such as the names of the exercises, muscles involved, benefits. Focus on learning. Be patient: Results don’t show overnight. You have got to keep working on yourself everyday. You’ll definitely see results if you train properly, rest adequately and eat nutritious food. If any of the three are missing, results tend to slow down. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award Don’t just stick to one type of workout: To be able to move better you need to mobilise properly before any workout. To maintain or even increase your flexibility, you need to do the required stretches. Stretching and mobilising will not only help you release all the stiffness in your muscles but also help you perform the strength exercises better. Nutrition: If you’re working out but not keeping your nutrition in check then the workout will do you more bad than good. On top of that if you’re pregnant and working out then you will need a well formulated diet to keep you healthy. Don’t run away from fat. It has a lot of functions in your body including hormone production and regulation, transportation and absorption of fat soluble vitamins, regeneration of the covering of your nerves, building up of your cell membrane. Proteins are the building blocks for our body. You need it to preserve your muscle mass and/or to increase your muscle mass if you have resistance training in your workout schedule. Apart from that, protein helps to strengthen immunity, contribute to production of hormones, to name a few.