Exercising During Pregnancy
If you are active now, becoming pregnant does not mean you need to stop your fitness routine. If you have not been active, now is a good time to start exercising for the recommended 2 hours and 30 minutes a week. Many benefits of a fit pregnancy can include:
- It eases aches and pains
- Being more prepared for labor and delivery and recovering faster
- Returning to a healthy weight after delivery faster
- Lowered risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
- Improved sleep
- Decreased risk of preterm delivery
The best activities for pregnant women tend to be low-impact activities, like walking, swimming, and cycling. Women can usually continue doing higher intensity sports, with your OBGYNs approval, if you did so before becoming pregnant. As long as you start exercising slowly and cool down slowly, take frequent breaks, and don’t overexert yourself, exercising will help you have a healthy pregnancy.
Contact your OBGYN at Birmingham Obstetrics and Gynecology to learn more about the best diets and exercise habits throughout your pregnancy.