Exercising during pregnancy

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Regular exercise is a great way to stay healthy and feel good during pregnancy. It can help relieve back pain and fatigue, and can also prevent gestational diabetes, reduce stress and make the delivery process easier.

It’s recommended that you exercise moderately, keeping your heart rate under 140 beats per minute. An ideal workout during pregnancy would be a 30-minute walk every day or most days of the week. Exercise must be avoided if you have asthma, heart diseases, vaginal bleeding, a threat of abortion or a history of abortion. You should also avoid exercising if your doctor tells you to do so.

If you don’t like walking, there are other safe exercises you could try. Swimming, spinning, tennis, or aerobics are a few that with moderation are equally effective. You should avoid sports that require you to hold your breath for long periods of time like scuba diving, or contact sports like football, basketball, and volleyball.

Make sure to wear loose clothing and a bra that gives you good support when you exercise. Make sure to get enough calories, drink enough water, exercise at least an hour after eating, and remember that now that you’re pregnant you should be extra careful.

Make sure to visit your doctor if you experience headaches, pain in your chest, abdomen or pelvis, contractions, vaginal bleeding, notice a lower or absence of movement in your womb if you have palpitations or even trouble to breathe when exercising.


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