You’re pregnant, and like it or not, you’re going to put on weight. Both mom and baby need extra calories during pregnancy. While everyone will gain weight differently, it isn’t necessary to let yourself go during pregnancy. If you’ve been active prior to pregnancy, you may be wondering if you can continue to work out while pregnant. Here’s what you should know about working out while pregnant.
Discuss your activity level with your health care provider.
Discuss the amount and types of work-outs that you do with your doctor or midwife when you’re pregnant. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. Typically, some mild to moderate activity for women who have been active pre-pregnancy is no concern. You may even be able to begin a mild to moderate work-out regimen during pregnancy, as long as you have the okay from your health care provider. The important thing is not to over-do it, no matter how in shape you are.
Alter your routine to accommodate your changing body.
Take your changing body into consideration when working out during pregnancy. Abdominal workouts may need to be altered, for example. If your center of balance has changed, take that into consideration when using the treadmill, elliptical trainer, or participating in yoga or dance classes. Consider a lower-intensity workout if pregnancy has you tired and worn-out. A recent article by ABC News suggests adding in exercises to improve your pelvic floor and reduce back pain common during pregnancy.
Change the goal of your workouts.
Consider why you work out and consider changing your focus during pregnancy. If you work out so that you can stay skinny or lose weight, you need to recognize that you will (and should) gain weight during pregnancy. If you work out so that you can be healthy, you can more easily blend this goal with your pregnancy since you can be both pregnant and healthy or in shape. Sit down and think about why you work out and what your new goals should be during pregnancy.
Whether or not you choose to work-out, don’t overindulge.
If you make the decision to keep the working out to a minimum during pregnancy, don’t overdo it on the sweets, treats, and portions. Try to add healthy food to your diet to give your body the nutrients that it truly needs during pregnancy. Whether or not you choose to work out during pregnancy, you can stay healthy by eating a balanced diet.
ABC News; Should you work out while pregnant?; http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/story?id=6258279&page=3