According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, physical activity in all stages of life maintains and improves cardiorespiratory fitness, reduces the risk of obesity and associated comorbidities, and results in greater longevity. Physical activity in pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women, although some modification to exercise routines may be necessary because of normal anatomic and physiologic changes and fetal requirements.
You just found out your pregnant – congratulations! You’re typically an active individual, you hit the gym a few times a week, or perhaps you practice yoga or Pilates. That’s great! You are most likely physically fit, and this will help you all through the first, second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
Now would be a great time to check out a prenatal yoga class. Low impact exercise can be highly beneficial for pregnant women and can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling.
Here are other forms of exercise that are safe during pregnancy:
- Stationary Cycling
- Elliptical or Step machines
- Low impact aerobics (taught by a certified instructor, specializing in women’s health.)
You may be experiencing fatigue and even some nausea during the first few months – but alas, that second wind is coming! When you feel that renewed burst of energy, try a little exercise. A well-conditioned woman who delivers vaginally may experience a shorter labor. Being fit will boost energy level and overall, you’ll have a better body image during those nine months.
If you would like to hear from Dr. Leaphart or Dr. Vyas about what exercise routine may be right for you during pregnancy, schedule a consult today!