Exercise is always part of a healthy lifestyle – but what about exercising while you’re pregnant? It turns out that exercise during pregnancy is good for you and can help you feel great throughout your pregnancy and even prepare you for labor and delivery. As with any exercise program, you should follow some guidelines. Here’s a list of things to consider…
1. First, talk to your doctor. Let her/him know the kinds of workouts you were doing before your pregnancy and have her/him give you the green light before you keep exercising during pregnancy.
2. Once you hit the second trimester, the list of activities you take part in gets shorter. You shouldn’t do anything more strenuous than what you did before you were pregnant. You should also avoid contact sports and anything that requires lots of balance because your center of gravity is changing. Also, after the first trimester you should avoid any exercise that requires you to lay on your back.
3. If at anytime during the workout you are uncomfortable or in pain, STOP. You may want to call your doctor as well (see below for more details).
4. Be sure to stay cool and don’t overheat. Drink lots of water and don’t exercise outside during peak heat/humidity or if you have a fever.
5. Dress appropriately for the kind of workout you’re doing. Appropriate attire usually includes loose comfortable clothing, good supportive bra and proper shoes.
According to WebMD, STOP and call your doctor if you feel any of these symptoms:
- Feel chest pain.
- Have abdominal pain, pelvic pain, or persistent contractions.
- Have a headache.
- Notice an absence or decrease in fetal movement.
- Feel faint, dizzy, nauseous, or light-headed.
- Feel cold or clammy.
- Have vaginal bleeding.
- Have a sudden gush of fluid from the vagina or a trickle of fluid that leaks steadily.
- Notice an irregular or rapid heartbeat.
- Have sudden swelling in your ankles, hands, face, or calf pain.
- Are short of breath.
- Have difficulty walking.
- Have muscle weakness.
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy during pregnancy and even in some cases ward off gestational diabetes. Make sure to take it easy and keep it movin’!