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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Exercise during Pregnancy

**I am not a personal trainer, dietician, or in the medical field.  The information I am sharing is what works for me, my active lifestyle, and my doctor.  I've done lots of research and reading and I encourage you to do the same if you are expecting and want to stay active!**


If you aren't expecting or if you are and just haven't shared it with the world yet, let me warn you: once you share your exciting news, everyone has an opinion about what you should or shouldn't be doing.  Some of it is great and helpful while some of it is frustrating and discouraging.  And if you are pregnant and have shared it, you can nod your head in agreement because you know exactly what I'm talking about.  My advice: listen to your doctor and do what is best for YOU.

After talking to my doctor I learned several things about exercise throughout pregnancy...

  1. If you were active before, you can stay active throughout (unless you get to a point where your pregnancy becomes a high-risk in which your doctor will tell you to stop).  My doctor pretty much told me I can continue running just as far as I was before and doing the activities I was doing.
  2. Adjust your workout accordingly.  The doctor did say I can keep going like I was before, however he said that I need to slow my mile time.  Essentially, at no point in my workout should I be so winded that I can't carry on a conversation.
  3. Drink water.  This is important all the time, but especially during pregnancy.  Drink, drink, drink.  You want to ensure that your baby is getting all the oxygen it needs especially since while working out your muscles require that oxygen.  Supplement by drinking even more than normal.
  4. Only do what feels right and once something stops feeling right, stop doing it.  If at any point you feel light-headed, dizzy, or sick stop.  Wherever you are, whatever it is, stop.  This goes for walking through Target if that's what you're doing.  If it is really bad, call your doctor.  Or discuss it with them at your next appointment.  I'm currently taking prenatal yoga - my instructor constantly reminds me to do only what feels comfortable.  This is a time when we don't want to stretch too far or twist in a way that could detach the uterus.
  5. Continue strength training.  I think when pregnant a lot of us focus on not gaining too much weight so cardio takes over our workouts, but it is just as important to continue strength training.  Delivery is one of the biggest workouts we will ever go through and the more upper strength we have, the easier delivery will be on us.
I will be sharing my fitness experiences throughout pregnancy with all of you.  I'm hoping to stay as active as possible throughout pregnancy.  Won't you join me?!

3 comments:

  1. good for you for being active during your pregnancy! I feel like drinking plenty of water is so important during pregnancy, working out or not!! :)

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  2. That's really good advice!! i'll have to remember this in the future!

    xo,
    Angela

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