Working Out While Pregnant

by Admin on February 5, 2018

Many women wonder if exercise is appropriate during pregnancy. While pregnancy is not the time you want to start working out to lose weight or start a high-impact kickboxing class, it is a good idea to engage in light to moderate activity if you are healthy and if you have been physically active in the past.  Please consult your physician to get the green light to work out during pregnancy and to make sure that you will not be put at risk for miscarriage or other complications.

Exercise is Important

Exercise can help with some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy and can actually help during labor. There are many health benefits associated with working out for 20 to 30 minutes a few days a week.  Some of the benefits include reducing body aches and swelling, increasing your energy, improving your mood, improving posture, helping with sleep and preventing gestational diabetes.

We recommend avoiding exercise during pregnancy that requires intense bursts of jumping, hopping, skipping or bouncing. Also, please be careful to avoid any exercise that could cause falling or other injuries. Do not exercise when it is extremely hot or humid and do not exercise to the point of exhaustion.

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We also recommend wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothing, and the correct fitting tennis shoes to optimize your exercise that you are doing. Make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your workout. Also, it may be helpful to eat a high-protein snack pre- and post-workout.  It is helpful to stretch lightly after exercise and get up slowly in order to prevent dizziness.

Get ready to get your body moving, your blood flowing and get those steps in. Many pregnant women like to practice yoga, swim, hike or take walks. These are all great ways to stay healthy by exercising in moderation.

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