Many women wonder if exercising is safe for them during pregnancy, and the answer is yes, if you exercised prior to getting pregnant. If you did not exercise before pregnancy, it’s okay to walk and swim in moderation. Exercising while pregnant is helpful in strengthening muscles that you may need during labor and can benefit you and your baby.
Regular exercise during pregnancy can reduce back pain, ease constipation, and promote a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. Enhanced sleep, mood, and energy levels can also be enjoyed. If you exercise while pregnant you are improving your overall fitness while strengthening your heart and blood vessels. Exercise during pregnancy also helps new mothers to lose the weight after the baby is born.
Although there are many benefits to an active lifestyle during pregnancy, it is important to engage in safe exercises for pregnancy. Some examples include walking, swimming, stationary biking, and prenatal yoga or prenatal pilates. Be sure to stay hydrated and not to let your heart rate exceed 140 bpm during exercise.
If you have any questions about exercising during pregnancy or are looking for a prenatal doctor, contact our office. Dr. Hill has over 15 years of OB/GYN experience! He has delivered over 15,000 babies and can answer all of your prenatal care questions.