Exercising During Pregnancy
Exercise is safe and encouraged during a normal healthy pregnancy. If you
exercised before you became pregnant, you can continue exercising at the
same level. If you are just starting an exercise program, talk to your
doctor and start slowly. Do not push yourself too hard. Talk to your doctor
about what kind of exercises to do. There are some health conditions that
may limit your exercise.
• Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy snack before exercising.
• Wear clothing that is comfortable.
• It is best to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes 3 to 5 times each week.
• You should be able to carry on a conversation during exercise.
• Avoid getting overheated. Do not exercise on very hot or very cold days.
• Avoid any type of exercise that can cause even mild trauma to your stomach.
• You may need to change the type of exercise you do as your stomach
gets bigger and your balance changes.
• It is common to feel some mild cramping during exercise. Drink plenty
of water and the cramping should stop after you are done exercising.
• Warm up and cool down with each exercise session.
• Start slowly.
• Listen to your body. Do not try to push yourself too hard. Stop
exercising when you get tired. Do not exercise to the point of exhaustion.
• If you have pain or any unusual signs, stop exercising right away.
Rest and call your doctor if these signs do not go away.