Exercise during pregnancy is not prohibited. On the contrary, all researches state that exercise helps to develop abilities in muscle controlling during labor and in delivery. Exercise also minimizes common pregnancy problems like hemorrhoids and bladder leaks. If there aren’t any other health disorders (conditions) caused by pregnancy like diabetes and high blood pressure, then exercise is permitted in almost all of its forms. It is recommended while exercising to keep the heart pulse lower than 140 bpm and to avoid body overheating. In general, before starting your exercise program you should inform your obstetrician about your exercise program and of course your trainer about your pregnancy.
Most common recommended exercises during pregnancy are walking, swimming, bicycling, medium and low intensity aerobics, dance, Pilates and yoga. Running is not prohibited if women used to run in their exercise program before pregnancy. Activities you should avoid are snow and water skiing, horseback riding and generally all activities that have the risk of falling or involve lot of sudden movements (bumping, shaking…).
When exercising during pregnancy your clothes must be loose on your body and not very tight. Shoes must be supportive (comfortable) and not slippery. The most important of all is to hydrate your body by drinking water.
Do not forget to listen to your body that is going through major changes. Your ups and downs will affect your strength, mood and productivity. Pay attention to your balance and watch for dizziness. Always consult your doctor when you change your fitness program and when you feel discomfort. Taking care of yourself simply means a happy and healthy pregnancy period.