Exercise and Pregnancy

Posted by Lloyd on August 18, 2011
Newborns and Pregnancy

Should you exercise if you are pregnant? By all means, but before you start, make sure you talk to your doctor about a safe exercise program that will be healthy for both you and your baby.

Studies show that women who exercise during pregnancy have less weight gain and tend to have a better attitude and even sleep better at night.

Some myths about pregnancy and exercise:
Exercise will harm your baby.
Exercise will cause the mother to have a miscarriage.
Exercise will cause the cord to be wrapped around the baby’s neck.
The baby will be born too early.

Today we know that mild exercise is healthy if you’re pregnant as long as you do not try to continue your regular program of exercising. You’ll have to wait until the baby is born to get back into your regular routine. Here are a few things to remember when you start out your new program.
Start out slowly and make sure you don’t over-exert yourself.

When you feel yourself getting tired stop. Don’t push yourself to go five or ten more minutes. Remember, if you’re tired your body is trying to tell you something. A few exercises a day is better than none.

If you push yourself until you feel out of breath, then your baby also is unable to get the proper oxygen supply.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing, and properly fitting tennis shoes with a good ankle support.

Don’t exercise outside on a hot day; instead go inside where it is cooler. Be sure to take breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
Don’t lift heavy weights.

Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, juices and water.
Walking is a safe and great way to get plenty of exercise during pregnancy. But don’t walk alone; always take someone with you.

By taking a few precautions and using your good common sense you can manage a safe and simple exercise program to keep you fit and healthy through your pregnancy.

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