10 Tips on Exercising During Your Pregnancy
Exercise is an important part of your pregnancy, for many reasons. To begin with, it can ease some of the discomforts that come with the changes your body is experiencing. It can also help prepare you for the challenges of labor and delivery. And, pregnant or not, exercise is a must if you want to keep your heart, bones, and mind in top form. But how much should you exercise during your pregnancy? Which exercises are best? What should you not do? Questions like these are perfectly normal for a mom-to-be. Here are some helpful tips to give you the answers.
1. How much exercise is safe? In general, for healthy pregnant women, a good goal is 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. The best approach is to spread the activity throughout the week.
2. Good options include walking, swimming, dancing, cycling, and low-impact aerobics.
3. When it comes to more intense sports, the rule of thumb is if you were already doing them before becoming pregnant they may be safe to continue. But you should still check with your doctor first. To schedule an appointment with a prenatal health specialist, call us today at (844) 308-5003.
4. There are many benefits to exercise, beyond those already mentioned. For example, exercise may lower your risk of certain pregnancy complications.
5. Sleeping during pregnancy is often a challenge. Regular exercise may make it easier for you to sleep through the night.
6. If you’re at risk for preterm labor, or you’ve experienced any vaginal bleeding, your doctor will likely tell you not to exercise.
7. Moms-to-be should always avoid activities that may result in being hit in the stomach. Kickboxing, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, and other contact sports are never a good idea for pregnant women.
8. It’s also important to steer clear of activities that may cause you to fall. Examples include horseback riding, downhill skiing, and gymnastics.
9. A few things to look out for: If you experience dizziness, headaches, chest pains, pain or swelling in your calves, pain in your abdomen, blurred vision, less movement from your baby, or fewer contractions, stop exercising and call your healthcare provider immediately.
10. The best place to start is with advice from your healthcare provider at Vista Community Clinic (VCC). They will suggest a fitness routine that is right for you and your pregnancy.
Exercising during your pregnancy can be fun and easy. The benefits to your health and the health of your baby make it well worth the effort. VCC’s prenatal healthcare providers can help guide you through this exciting chapter in your life.
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The medical information contained on this article is general in nature and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for the advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by your own physician or a qualified healthcare provider. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with your own physician or a qualified healthcare provider. Although every effort is made to ensure the information provided is accurate and timely, it is provided for convenience and should not be considered official.