Thursday, March 18, 2010

Exercise in Pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy can help prepare you for labor and childbirth. It also helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and improves mood, energy level, posture, muscle tone, strength and sleep while helping prevent gestational diabetes. The added benefit is that it helps you with your appropriate weight gain, avoiding unnecessary fat accumulation you may have to fight off later.

Ask your prenatal care provider about a safe exercise program. Yoga, swimming, walking, and other low-impact and moderate-intensity exercises can be very beneficial during pregnancy. Be sure to stay hydrated, take breaks, and avoid getting overheated. Avoid exercises that strain your back and belly, Rice says. Exercises that are off limits during pregnancy include contact sports and activities such as skiing, water skiing, bicycling, and horseback riding, due to the risk of falls and abdominal injury. (WebMD)

You may be advised to avoid exercise if you have risk factors for preterm labor, vaginal bleeding or premature rupture of membranes. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, you should consult with your doctor first.

Balance is affected with the weight gain which shifts your center of gravity and places stress on joints and muscles, especially those in the pelvis and lower back. This may increase your risk of falls so be careful and don't overdo it. Moderate exercise is best without overheating or dehydration. In the past it was believed your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute but this advice has been revised by ACOG according to Mayo Clinic.

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