The answer to the often-asked question “is it safe to exercise during pregnancy” depends on how much you exercised before you got pregnant.
Were you a regular at the gym before getting pregnant? It’s OK to keep working out. Just be careful; since your body’s producing a hormone that loosens your joints, it’s more prone to injuries. Also, as you grow during your pregnancy, your center of balance changes so that could cause you to fall during a workout.
Did you avoid the gym or working out at all costs before you got pregnant? Now isn’t the time to start a workout plan. Your body is using lots of energy creating a baby, so you may be too tired anyway. You might want to wait to start any training plans until after you give birth.
There are tons of benefits to exercising during pregnancy…it can:
- Make you feel better emotionally
- Get your body ready for labor
- Relieve backaches
- Help you sleep better
- Assist in getting back to your pre-pregnancy body sooner after giving birth
In general, any type of exercise is fine. Just be careful not to overheat, get dehydrated, or overdo it. Make sure to ask your doctor about your exercise plans early on; they may suggest a few easy adjustments to your regular exercise routine.
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