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Should You Exercise During Pregnancy? Is It Safe?

March 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Should you exercise during pregnancy? Is it safe? If so, how much is enough? Can you lose weight while pregnant through exercise?

First and foremost, before we get into this whole article, always keep in mind that you should discuss any plans to exercise or diet with your doctor BEFORE putting it into practice, especially when you’re pregnant as you and/or your baby may be more susceptible to harm or additional stress on the body exercise or restrictive diet may place on it.

Secondly, also keep in mind that weight gain is normal and essential for a healthy pregnancy. It is my understanding that you should never set weight loss as a goal to be achieved during pregnancy merely for the sake of losing weight (that is, if there are no other more pressing reasons tied into losing weight as prescribed by your doctor).

Ok, having those two points covered, let’s discuss the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in a little more detail.

If you were an active person pre-pregnancy, then keeping up your regular level of activity may be ok, but some advise women to take it a little easy during the first trimester. If you were not a very active person before getting pregnant, then you should start at a very slow pace and gradually build up more speed/workload. Always remember to discuss with your doctor.

Some women believe that it is best to not to anything during pregnancy. Actually, this can be more dangerous. Such low levels of physical activity may cause your muscles and joints to stiffen up or get weaker, gain unnecessary weight, and cause other pregnancy complications.

Walking is always a good and safe choice for most people. Walk at a brisk pace that doesn’t make you run out of breath and remember to keep a steady pace and bring along lots of water to hydrate yourself during the walk. If it’s hot outside, take special care to not walk in the sunlight for too long, try to walk in the shade if possible, and to wear protective hat or sunscreen.

Mild exercise during pregnancy will keep you looking and feeling good while relieving stress, and keeping you from gaining unnecessary weight during the pregnancy. Please note that I said unnecessary weight. As I mentioned several times throughout this blog, it is normal and essential for a woman to gain weight during the pregnancy.

Additional benefit of routine exercise while pregnant may include the ability to return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster after the birth of your baby. However, this of course should be done under your doctor’s supervision as well and you should not try to lose the weight in too much of a hurry.