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Why You Need To Exercise During Pregnancy

Jan 6, 2008
Everyone is aware that a numerous amount of benefits come with exercising. Every individual should exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes on a daily basis.

But, should pregnant women exercise? The answer to this question generally is yes, pregnant women should in fact exercise. Exercising provides too many benefits during pregnancy, not to do so.

There are guidelines and recommendations in place which of course should be followed. It is highly advised that all pregnant women consult a doctor about an exercise regimen.

If a woman has undergone a certain exercise regime on a daily basis, before becoming pregnant, then it is possible to continue with that same regime, only with modifications throughout the pregnancy.

It may be a case of a woman wishing to begin exercising now that they have become pregnant. It is important to begin slowly to prevent over exertion. It is more essential that a woman listens to her body now that she is pregnant, more so than ever before. It is natural for a woman's body to inform her when she is overdoing it.

Three things need to be taken into consideration when deciding which type of exercise to undertake when pregnant:

* Advice from your doctor,
* What type of exercise you enjoy, and
* At what stage of pregnancy you are in.

For example, episodes of dizziness during the first trimester is something which many women experience. Therefore, walking, especially alone, may be hazardous. Also in the last trimester, the center of gravity can very well be thrown off, which would again make walking relatively difficult.

Exercising that involves lying on the back should be avoided during the second and third trimesters, as this decreases the blood flow to the womb.

Activities such as swimming, water aerobics, yoga or pilates can be taken into consideration.

It is important to get the correct combination of cardiovascular exercise along with strength and flexibility exercises, but at the same time avoiding any bouncing.

During pregnancy, a woman's body changes considerably and it is important that each woman is aware of these changes, as it affects not only the woman, but also the baby.

Certain concerns need to be addressed as to the effects of exercise on a woman's changing body during pregnancy.

The greatest concern is that sprains and strains can occur due to the increase in joint laxity.

The core body temperature is another concern, as this is automatically increased during pregnancy. Raising the core body temperature too high during exercise can lead to birth defects in the fetus. Therefore, it is essential when pregnant, to avoid hot tubs at all times.

An increase in the heart rate of women during pregnancy does not seem to be a concern and has not been validated by scientific evidence as having any adverse effects on the fetus.

It is essential to remember that both pregnancy and exercise consume fluid and calories. Therefore, a woman should ensure that she is eating correctly in order to suffice each of the demands. A healthy baby is something that is wanted by everyone, so ensure that your body is receiving sufficient nutrients for your baby.

Due to certain diagnosis, there are those women that should not exercise during pregnancy. These include:

* Hypertension, both induced by pregnancy or pre-existing,
* Preterm rupture of membranes,
* Incompetent cervix,
* Persistent second or third trimester bleeding,
* Intrauterine growth retardation,
* Thyroid function abnormality, and
* Cardiac, pulmonary or vascular disease.

In conclusion, exercise is a fantastic benefit to both mother and baby during pregnancy. However, first, it is important to remember that you must discuss any form of exercise with your doctor. And second, remember to listen to your body in order for your baby to remain healthy.
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Jaks Lloyd is an authority site builder and designer. Please visit her site http://www.hotexercise.com for more valuable information and advice on fitness and health.
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