Your pregnancy exercise safety checklist

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.

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