Pregnant women go through many physical changes that affect their comfort and energy levels. A regular exercise routine can help an expectant mom feel better and stay healthy. It can also improve posture and decrease common pregnancy problems like fatigue and back pain. As long as it is done safely, you and your baby can benefit from a workout routine.
- Start Exercising at a Safe Pace
Women who had a regular workout routine before pregnancy should be able to continue their exercise regimen with minor changes. Those who did not have a pre-pregnancy workout should begin at a low-intensity and work their way up. Avoid weightlifting or any activity that involves straining.
- Warm Up Before You Workout
Warm ups are important for everyone – especially pregnant women. Start each session with a five minute warmup that includes stretching. This helps you stay limber and reduces the risk of injury. Also include a cooldown at the end of your workout.
- Exercise in a Safe Environment
Make sure your exercise environment is safe. Avoid places with high heat and humidity. Remove any obstacles. Also avoid settings with extreme air pressure, such as those in high-altitudes.
- Wear Comfortable Workout Clothes
Dress comfortably with loose fitting clothes, a support bra, and proper footwear. Your shoes should provide adequate support and be appropriate for the type of activity you have chosen.
- Make Sure You Can Talk and Workout
You should be able to talk while you work out. If you have trouble doing so, then it’s time to slow down and reduce intensity. This is a good way to make sure you are staying within safe exercise limits.
Your obstetrician can provide more information on safe pregnancy workouts and other ways to stay healthy before baby is born. Contact your Women’s Health and Menopause Center OB/GYN today before beginning any exercise routine and to learn more about a safe exercise routine for you and your baby.