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Can I exercise when pregnant?

I am 6 months pregnant but haven't been working out regularly. I would like to get into better shape (physically not looking to lose weight obviously) but I would like to become stronger. What types of exercises can I do at this stage in my pregnancy?
Sep 15th, 2010

1 in General - Health Report

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Exercising when pregnant may sound a bit intimating for most expectant women; however, it is probably the single most important thing that you can contribute to your pregnancy, besides your diet and sustaining from drugs and alcohol, of course. Exercising when pregnant well help you feel better by providing you with stronger muscles to carry around your extra weight, increasing your circulation, prevents damage to your joints by activating lubrication, helps promote digestion, and helps you to get more restful sleep at night. Exercise will also help to prepare your body for birth by providing strong muscles for delivery. Being able to control your body will definitely help as you go into labor.

The best part about exercising while you’re pregnant is that it will be just that much easier to transition into a pre-pregnancy body much quicker. The purpose of exercising while pregnant is not to lose weight or change your body shape; it is about providing a strong foundation and maintaining a specific fitness level. Studies have even shown that low to moderate intense exercise while pregnant can help lower the risk of developing complications, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Before you go out and start a new workout routine, taking it slow and steady is your best course of action. Depending on when you start exercising will determine what you can do. You don’t want to jump into anything either months pregnant and put your unborn child at risk. Depending on what you enjoy, exercises such as brisk walking, swimming, yoga, and Pilates are a great place to start.

Always remember to stop immediately if you feel faint, dizzy, short of breath, or have pain in your back or pelvis.

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