History shows that you can get exercise and workout when you’re pregnant. Historically, women have done very difficult physical activities right up until giving birth. That doesn’t mean it’s safe for every pregnant woman, which is why you always need to check with your health care professional first. That’s especially true if you’ve never exercised previously, had complications or have a health issue. Even if you’ve exercised with previous pregnancies, don’t take the chance. Discuss it with your professional.
Women who have preexisting conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or a heart condition, not only need to consult their health care professional, they should consult a trainer to create a special program based on their needs. The type of exercise to be done makes a huge difference. High impact exercises and ones that involve bodily contact or a potential for falling should be avoided. Skiing, kickboxing, martial arts and football fall into that category.
For other types of exercise, if you’ve been active in it before pregnancy, in most cases you can continue to do it. Exercises that stress the abdomen, like leg lifts or deep knee bends. Not only can it prevent excess weight gain, it can help prevent gestational high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. The more you worked out before the pregnancy, the higher your activity ceiling is. For extremely fit athletic women, doing their normal workout routine, including high intensity aerobic training, showed no adverse effects. For sedentary individuals, there is research that indicates some high intensity cardio is acceptable with no negative side effects to mother or child. Always talk to your health care professional first.
If you’re considering having a baby, start an exercise program. Both you and the baby will benefit. It’s never too late to start, but you have to take it slow once you’re pregnant. Exercise can make delivery easier and improve your mood both during pregnancy and afterward. It can improve your immunity, while reducing morning sickness, improving sleep, preventing gestational diabetes and keeping both the baby and you healthier.
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