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PREGNANCY AND EXERCISE

PREGNANCY AND EXERCISE

Staying healthy during pregnancy is very important—for both mother and the unborn child

Aerobic exercise and moderate weight training are safe for most pregnant women, although care should be taken not to strain oneself or engage in exercise programs that causes extremely high body temperature (the body temperature should not exceed 38.3°C and pulse should not rise above 140 beats per minute). The goal is to have moderate-intensity exercise for at least 20-30 minutes daily on most days of the week. After the third month, exercises that require you to lie on your back should be avoided (This position is dangerous because it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as reduce blood flow to the unborn baby).

Exercise during pregnancy improves/maintains physical fitness as well as assisting with weight management, decreasing the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women and enhancing general well-being.

Contact sports such as boxing as well as those with a high risk of falling should be avoided. Walking, swimming, stationary cycling and modified yoga are good during pregnancy.  Running can be safe in pregnancy, especially when it is done regularly prior to pregnancy. Women should remain well hydrated during exercise and stop exercise if they have vaginal bleeding, painful contractions, amniotic fluid leakage, headache and chest or calf pain.To partake in any exercise, we advise you consult your physician to develop a safe and effective exercise program.