Exercising during pregnancy has a host of benefits that far out weigh the risks. It helps you feel better by increasing your sense of control and boosting your energy level. A regular workout can also
If you exercised regularly before becoming pregnant, continue your program with modifications, according to your condition. If you weren’t exercising prior to pregnancy, don’t give up! Begin slowly and build gradually as you become stronger.
Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Once you’re ready to get going:
Whatever type of exercise you and your doctor decide on, the key is to listen to your body’s warnings. Many women, for example, become dizzy early in their pregnancy, and as the baby grows, their center of gravity changes. So it may be easy for you to lose your balance, especially in the last trimester.
Your body is signaling that it’s had enough if you feel:
And if you can’t talk while you’re exercising, you’re doing it too strenuously.
During pregnancy, your energy level may also vary greatly from day to day. And as your baby grows and pushes up on your lungs, you’ll notice a decreased ability to breathe in more air (and the oxygen it contains) when you exercise. If your body says, “Stop!” – stop!
It also isn’t good for your baby if you become overheated because temperatures greater than 102.6° Fahrenheit (39° Celsius) could cause problems with the developing fetus – especially in the first trimester – which can potentially lead to birth defects. So don’t overdo exercise on hot days.
Exercises To Avoid
Most doctors recommend that after the first trimester, pregnant women should avoid exercises that require them to lie flat on their backs.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, it’s also wise to avoid any activities that include:
Contact sports, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and horseback riding should be avoided, because of the risk of injury they pose.
Tips & Tricks
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