There was a time when pregnant moms were told to keep off their feet and avoid exercise, not anymore. The experts say “Exercise is great”. Simply walking is a good workout for moms-to-be, but marathon runners and other fitness fans don’t need to downsize to strolling when pregnant.What ever you choose, use these guidelines as your safety checklist:
- You sweat more during pregnancy, so drink plenty of fluids.
- After your fifth month, avoid exercising on your back, as this decreases blood flow to you and your baby.
- If you find yourself out of breath, decrease the intensity.
- Avoid any exercise that could cause you to fall: horseback riding, downhill skiing, rock climbing, and so on.
- Work longer, not harder because you want to build up your stamina for labor. Walking for 40 minutes at a moderate pace is better than 10 minutes of fast walking.
- If you haven’t been exercising, it’s never too late to start. Begin slowly, with 10-minute walks 5 times per week and gradually increase the duration of your walks. If you need motivation, go with your partner—it’s a nice way to connect.
- Swimming and prenatal yoga are also great options.