Keep To Your Fitness Routines When Pregnant 

Quite a few years ago it was thought that women should take it easy and not engage in fitness activities when they were pregnant.  If the woman had been physically active before pregnancy then she could continue some of these activities.  If she had not been physically active she was told not to start while pregnant.  Clinical studies have indicated that women should not be inactive during pregnancy.  In fact, engaging in some fitness routines is helpful. 

Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits. When you exercise it will increase your stamina, give you more energy, boost your confidence and give you the additional strength you need for delivering your baby.  Following an exercise routine while pregnant has also been found to produce a stronger and healthier baby. 

There may be many hours of dreaded labor associated with childbirth.  For those who have exercised regularly during pregnancy the labor time frame may be reduced by as much as one third.  This should be a great motivating factor to be active during pregnancy.  Every hour spent in labor can seem like a much longer period of time.   

Before you begin to engage in a fitness program when you are pregnant you need to take some precautions and follow some guidelines. 

The first thing you need to do is to consult with your health care professional before you begin any diet or exercise program.  He or she will determine if you are physically fit to engage in a fitness program and that the exercise will not harm either you or the baby you are carrying.  Your health care professional may have some guidelines about what type and how much activity you should perform. 

Once you have the go ahead to exercise you want to start out slowly.  Find several activities you enjoy and do them regularly.  Don’t attempt to spend a long time at the gym and don’t attempt to perform strenuous exercises.  Try to keep your exercise activities to 30 minutes at any one time.  If you are exercising and start to feel worn out then stop immediately and rest.  The reason for exercising is to help maintain good health.  It is not to injure or endanger you or your unborn. 

When you are engaging in exercise monitor your breathing, your pulse rate and your heart rate.  This way you can observe your progress and see any activities you may need to limit.  Share this information with your health care professional since it can assist him in diagnosing any problems or potential hazards you may face. 

When exercising avoid extreme humidity, high altitudes and especially warm temperatures.  You don’t want to risk becoming overheated.  Being overheated is not beneficial and may even cause harm to you or your unborn baby.  Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other fluids.  

Avoid any bouncing, jumping or running during your final trimester.  These activities may cause harm for you or your unborn child. 

Keep in mind that pregnancy can cause many changes for any woman.  These changes may be mental, emotional or physical.  Keep all your limitations in mind.  Don’t try to exercise more than is reasonable for your stage of pregnancy.  Keep an open line of communication with your partner and with your health care professional.