It doesn’t matter if you are 2, 22, or 82, pregnant or not pregnant – our bodies are made to move!
It is impossible to understate the importance of daily exercise in a healthy lifestyle. Even during pregnancy, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends thirty minutes per day on most days of the week for women unless they fall into a high risk category that would prohibit exercise. Some conditions that may limit the ability to exercise include: heart disease, uncontrolled blood pressure, preterm labor (contractions or bleeding during pregnancy) or known problems with the placenta (which may put you at risk for bleeding.) If you have diabetes, more careful attention to blood sugar is required when starting an exercise program.
Regular exercise is associated with improved fitness and a sense of well-being. It strengthens the heart and blood vessels, increases lean muscle mass, strengthens the immune system, improves mood and the ability to think and focus. It lowers blood pressure, helps to regulate blood sugar and decreases the risk of many pregnancy-related discomfort and complications.
Pay attention to how you feel with exercise. If your workout sessions cause contractions or significant pain, they should be modified or avoided. Stop exercise and consult with your provider if any of the following symptoms are not relieved by a brief period of rest.
- blurred vision
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- shortness of breath
- chest pain or irregular heartbeat
- abdominal or pelvic pain
- vaginal bleeding
- sudden swelling
- muscle weakness
- decrease/lack of fetal movement
If you have specific concerns regarding the type of exercise that you may safely participate in while expecting, please talk to us. We’re here to help!