Exercise and Pregnancy

January 12, 2012

More and more research shows that exercise is a safe and valuable activity during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that healthy women get in thirty minutes of exercise most days of the week. Other new research shows that even strenuous workouts are okay for women who were in good shape before getting pregnant. However, expectant women need to take extra precautions and avoid activities with a high risk of falling. The safest and most productive activities are swimming, brisk walking, indoor stationary cycling, step or elliptical machines, and low-impact aerobics. These activities carry little risk of injury, benefit your entire body, and can be continued until birth. Be sure not to exercise on your back as it can cause blood pressure problems. Staying physically fit throught pregnancy can help prevent gestational diabetes, relieve stress, and help build the stamina required during labor and delivery! Talk to your doctor about the plan that's right for you!

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