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pregnant exercise smThere are plenty of reasons to exercise during your pregnancy. Exercise can increase your energy, boost your mood, promote strength and endurance, help you sleep better and may improve your ability to handle labor.
 
Exercise can also help to ease common pregnancy problems like backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. And because exercising during pregnancy keeps you fit, it will make it easier for you to get back in shape after your baby is born.

So, you’re convinced that exercising during your pregnancy is a good idea, but what’s the right way to do it? That can depend on how much you exercised before your pregnancy. Remember to consult with your obstetrician before starting any exercise plan.

If you exercised before pregnancy it’s probably okay to continue, but avoid activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing, or may cause abdominal trauma with jarring motions, contact sports or rapid changes in direction. And don’t do any high-intensity exercise followed by long periods of inactivity.

An easy way to exercise during pregnancy is to do more walking. It’s low-impact and you can set your own pace. Swimming is also good exercise during pregnancy. A rule of thumb for effective exercise is to do it at a pace that lets you experience deeper breathing and maybe even break a sweat. That’s not necessary to begin with and you can work your way up to it if you didn’t exercise before.

There are also ways to exercise that don’t require more stamina but will still help you. You can try prenatal yoga or do simple squat exercises. Both can strengthen and prepare your body for delivery.

Remember to stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor if you feel chest or abdominal pain, experience a headache, feel dizzy, notice an absence or decrease in fetal movement, or have any bleeding or discharge.

 

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax