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Safe Pregnancy Exercises

Staying active while pregnant, within certain guidelines, can provide immense health benefits to both mother and child. Every pregnant woman dreams of regaining her normal figure after the baby is born. Chances are, exercise during pregnancy will lead to a greater chance at recovering a fit body after pregnancy! So what are you waiting for? Talk to your doctor and get started on a fitness plan that is right for you and your baby.

When Not To Exercise

If you are considering exercise while pregnant, it is important to understand that you will have to adjust your routine. For some, this means becoming more consistently active and for others this means toning down that intense routine.

The following are a few times it may not be safe to exercise:

  • If you have abnormally high blood pressure
  • If you have severe asthma or other lung disease
  • If you have premature dilation
  • If you have twins, triplets, or more
  • If you are experiencing second or third trimester bleeding
  • If you are at risk of pre-term labor
  • If you are diagnosed with preeclampsia

Your doctor will be able to inform you about movements and stretches that you can do to strengthen your body if you are diagnosed with any of the above. However, generally speaking, a more rigorous workout routine is not advised.

Guidelines for Safe Pregnancy Exercises

If you are able to work out and exercise regularly, it is important to learn how to adjust your routine to best benefit you and the baby.

Take a look at some of these guidelines for a safe pregnancy exercise routine:

  • Always check with a healthcare provider first
  • Consume extra calories
  • Avoid contact sports or dangerous sports
  • Warm up and stretch out
  • Drink lots of water
  • Don’t lie flat on your back after your first trimester
  • Move around during your workout
  • Don’t push your body too hard
  • Don’t overheat
  • Move slowly to compensate for your new center of gravity
  • Cool down and stretch after an exercise
  • Consistently participate in exercise while pregnant

Your healthcare provider will be able to offer more safeties and regulations that can benefit your unique situation.

Beneficial Exercises for Pregnant Women

If you have the go-ahead from your physician, it’s time to choose a workout routine that is right for you. Fortunately, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of making your own workout plan, many gyms offer classes specifically for pregnant women. Your community center or local gym may have more information about your class options.

Check out our list of safe exercise options for pregnant women:

  • Barre Class
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Spinning

Other simple exercises you can do at home include walking, plies, leg lifts, planks, bicep curls, and one-arm rows. Your options are endless and with the help of your healthcare provider and a little bit of research, you can put together a workout routine that fits your pregnancy perfectly.

Garfield Medical Center’s Maternity Center Is Here For You!

To make an appointment with a physician who can tell you more about safe pregnancy exercise options, contact Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park. Garfield Medical Center is committed to excellence in every aspect of our healthcare services. We are dedicated to your well-being and consider it a privilege to serve you and your baby.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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