Mother's Health and Well-Being - Fitness
Exercising while you are pregnant can benefit both Mom and Baby! When expectant mothers exercise feel better during the pregnancy and have more strength when it comes times to deliver the baby and recover faster after giving birth. Babies born to mother's who exercised during the pregnancy tend to have higher birth weights and be healthier.
Here are some important tips about exercising during your pregnancy:
1. Speak with your health care provider before beginning.
Most women are able to exercise safely during pregnancy, however ever woman's body is different. Your health care provider can determine whether exercising is safe for you and your baby.
2. Exercise Regularly.
Exercising THREE times a week reduces the risk for injury. When you only exercise once in a while, you are more likely to strain yourself.
3. Warm Up.
Women's joints tend to be looser and more flexible during pregnancy so be careful not to overdo it when stretching. You should begin your exercise session by slowly stretching to ensure your body is ready.
4. Avoid activities that can place the baby at risk.
Activities such that may cause you to fall or jar your body. Low-impact aerobic classes, swimming, walking and stationary cycling are good choices for pregnant women. Slow down if you feel as through you are out of breath or tired.
5. Keep your heart rate below 140 beats per minute.
You can speak with your health care provider to learn how to check your heart rate during exercise sessions.
6. Stay cool and hydrated.
Wear clothing that is lightweight and avoid exercising when the weather is hot and humid. Be sure to drink plenty of cool water before and after an exercise session.
If you have any concerns about the way you feel while exercising, STOP and call your health care provider immediately. Some things that you should be concerned about are:
- Feeling tired, dizzy or faint
- Pain in your abdomen
- Vaginal bleeding
- Chest pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Contractions that continue for more than 30 minutes after exercising.