4 Tips You Should Know About Exercise and Pregnancy

About 80 percent of our clients are female and it isn’t hard to find one or more that are pregnant. When a client asks about exercising during their pregnancy there are several issues that need to be taken into account.First – Check with your doctorThe first and most important is what does your doctor say? Every single pregnancy is different as is every woman. Women who were pregnant before might have a completely different pregnancy the second or third time around, so the doctor always needs to be the first person contacted. It should also be mentioned that no doctors or medical professionals were contacted to write this, only the experience and knowledge base of the author.

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Second – What is your health and exercise history?The second and next most important thing is what was going on before the pregnancy? If you were exercising prior to getting pregnant then, generally, it is OK and more likely a good idea to continue to exercise. However, generally no one should take up an exercise program after becoming pregnant if they weren’t exercising on a regular basis prior to getting pregnant.Third – Listen to Your BodyPregnant clients or better yet, anyone who is pregnant and exercising should always listen to their bodies. In the beginning (the first trimester), there are not a lot of things that need to change. Some doctors and many studies recommend keeping your heart rate below 140 beats per minute. However, other doctors say that you should work out where you are comfortable. In my opinion, you need to keep your heart rate below 70% of your maximum heart rate. That is, to stay inside the fat burning zone and not to go into the aerobic zone.Pay close attention to any types of changes in your body. Any pain or discomfort should alert you that something is wrong and you should pay attention to that seeking medical advice as necessary.

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Fourth – Getting back to exercising after deliveryNot long after the baby is born, women often start thinking about ways to get back their pre-pregnancy shape. The general rule is 6 weeks but this depends on the type of delivery you have. The biggest thing is to communicate with your doctor and let them set the expectations for you. Once back, be sure to ease your way into it. You won’t be able to do what you did before so work your way back into your exercise routine!