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Staying in Shape While Pregnant

Posted Feb 24th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team

Countless research studies unanimously show that maintaining a healthy lifestyle while pregnant, not just protects mom, but it greatly benefits her baby as well. While most pregnant women become more lax with their exercise routine during these special nine months, it is still very important for women to remain physically active while pregnant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, exercise does not increase the risk for a miscarriage in normal pregnancies. The exception is in cases where a woman is ordered to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy term.

Most medical doctors encourage women to continue with their physical activity plan as long as they can until it no longer feels comfortable. So for instance if a woman finds it increasingly more difficult to keep up in her favorite spinning class, then perhaps switching to a lower impact form of exercise such as walking or swimming might be a suitable alternative until she gives birth. In addition, there are now a host of exercise classes that are specifically designed for pregnant moms, such as prenatal yoga and swimming.

Pregnant women though should always use extra caution while exercising. Instructions such as never exercising to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness, always wearing comfortable clothing and shoes with strong support and always listening to your body are strongly endorsed by the medical community.

If you are active or want to start a new exercise plan while pregnant, speak with your doctor to devise the safest and healthiest workout routine for you and your baby.