In most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. The first rule of thumb is that it’s safe to remain active during pregnancy if you were physically active before you were pregnant. Chances are, your health care provider will encourage you to remain active, as long as it’s comfortable and you have no other health conditions or concerns. To be safe, consult with your health care provider before starting any new exercise routine.
“Chances are, your health care provider will encourage you to remain active, as long as it’s comfortable and you have no other health conditions or concerns.”
You will probably want to avoid these types of exercises during pregnancy:
- Activities where falling is more likely
- Exercise that may cause any abdominal trauma, including activities that with jarring motions, contact sports or rapid changes in direction
- Activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing
- Bouncing while stretching
- Waist twisting movements while standing
- Intense bursts of exercise followed by long periods of no activity
- Exercise in hot, humid weather
- Do not hold your breath for an extended period of time
- Do not exercise to the point of exhaustion
You may want to include these basic guidelines in planning exercise during pregnancy:
- Be sure to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes, as well as, a good supportive bra.
- Choose well-fitting shoes that are designed for the type of exercise you are doing.
- Exercise on a flat, level surface to prevent injury.
- Eat enough healthy calories to meet the needs of your pregnancy, as well as, your exercise program.
- Finish eating at least one hour before exercising.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout.
- After doing floor exercises, get up slowly and gradually to prevent dizziness.
Source: American Pregnancy Association