Pregnant women are often concerned about gaining excess weight. A common question many pregnant women ask their doctors is if exercise is safe during pregnancy. Be informed that the viewpoint of your obstetrician may vary from other doctors. However, it has been determined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that some exercise is safe for pregnant women. That being said, here are some tips to keep in mind if you choose to exercise:
Donít Exercise Sporadically
Most doctors will agree that regular moderate exercise a few times each week is much better than sporadic exercise. It is inadvisable to exercise only when you feel like it. If you arenít able to keep a regular exercise routine (2-3 days per week), then you should try to hit the gym.
Pay Attention to Your Body
When you are pregnant, you do not have the same flexibility as you may have otherwise. Thus, exercise with caution. If you are having muscle aches or other pain, you should slow down or stop the exercise. Pushing yourself too hard could result in more pain or problems.
Donít Lie on Your Back
If you are past your first trimester, you should not lie on your back during exercise. This decreases the amount of oxygen that your baby receives. You should avoid any exercise that has to be done in this manner.
While exercising, remember to drink plenty of water. Take advantage of indoor gyms and exercise facilities, if at all possible, to stay out of the heat.
Exercise No Ė Nos
You should not participate in any activities that hold a potential risk of falling. Steer clear of activities like roller skating, riding horseback, skiing, etc. Some pregnant women ignore the caution of their physician about these types of exercises. However, remember that you are warned against such activities for the health of your child, as well as your own safety and well-being.
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