Should You Exercise During Pregnancy?
To workout or or not to workout? That is the question. The thought of exercise during pregnancy can make you may feel a little skeptical about the idea but, working out is an important part of staying healthy, as well as having a healthy pregnancy. If working out is a staple for you, chances are you’ll want to continue with keeping fit during pregnancy in order to maintain an existing level of fitness. You can! An uncomplicated pregnancy should not eliminate your sweat sessions. On the other hand, if you have pregnancy conditions, contact your obgyn for the okay to workout.
If you’re a beginner at exercise, start sensibly with a mild daily 20 to 30 minute program which consists of walking at a normal pace a day three days a week. Just walking? Walking is the most natural and safest form of exercise.
“Probably the best exercise for a pregnant woman is walking, an excellent way to tone muscles, get fresh air, keep your body regular, and help you sleep soundly at night. But remember: never push yourself to the point of exhaustion. It’s much better to take several short, pleasant walks spaced throughout the day rather than one long, tiring trek.”
– Guide for Expectant Parents
Consistency is better
You don’t need to set aside a large space of time for effective results. A consistent routine of 2030 minutes three times a week is all you need.
During pregnancy your heart is working more and your lung capacity decreases. Which mean you will have a harder time catching your breath. It is important that your heart rate doesn’t exceed 140 beats per minute. Make sure you don’t become winded or exercise to exhaustion.
Hold off on the back
Ditch any exercise that requires you lie flat on your back after the first trimester.
Overheating is off limits
Becoming extremely overheated is dangerous to your baby during the first trimester. Drink plenty of water and be sure your workout environment isn’t too warm.
Arrange routine modifications
As you move further along into pregnancy you may not be able to continue with the same routine. Be sure to adjust your routine according to your comfort level; decrease the amount of time and reps as necessary. If you are working with a trusted midwife, consult with her to assist you during more aggressive routines.
Learn more about exercising the smart way during this time and most of all, listen to your body. Your body will give you all the signals needed to protect you and your child.