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Exercising During Pregnancy

Before beginning any exercise while pregnant:

  • Check with your healthcare provider first! Exercising in pregnant is a great way to stay healthy, but for some women, and some pregnancies, it is discouraged. Therefore, it is vitally important to get clearance from your provider before starting any routine.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s very easy to get dehydrated while pregnant. Even more so if you are exercising and losing water by sweating.
  • Eat extra calories. As you burn calories, you will need to replace them to nourish and strengthen your body as your baby grows.

Exercising during pregnancy:

  • Avoid dangerous sports. You may have enjoyed skating, cycling, and horseback riding prior to becoming pregnant, but for now, those activities are out. The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of safe exercises to do during pregnancy.
  • Dress comfortably. The worst thing in the world is a hot, sweaty, uncomfortable pregnant person. Or at least it feels that way at the time.
  • Warm up. With ligaments, joints, and muscles shifting during pregnancy, it’s really easy to obtain an injury due if you don’t warm up properly.

After exercising:

  • Again, drink plenty of water.
  • Keep moving. Moving around at a slower pace after exercising allows your body time to adjust to less strenuous movement and lessens the risk of cramping.
  • Cool down. Overheating while exercising during pregnancy is a major concern. If you feel yourself getting too hot, cool down. Allow your body time to balance its core temperature.

Exercising during pregnancy is a great way to help relieve many of the symptoms of pregnancy such as back aches, fatigue, and stress. It can also help prepare your body for labor and birth. In addition, some studies have even shown that exercising during pregnancy can help prevent gestational diabetes.

By being prepared, you can enjoy exercising during pregnancy knowing you are giving yourself and your baby a healthy, happy start to life.

 

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Christine Santos

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Owner of Sun State Doulas, Christine is passionate about pregnancy, birth, and parenting issues that affect mainstream families. She is mother to 3 girls and is an active member of the roller derby community. Her favorite quote is, “Not my body, not my baby, not my birth, not my choice.”

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