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If you start working out during your first trimester, you will have fewer problems
keeping up a routine later in your pregnancy. Pregnancy risk factors can be reduced
if you maintain your health. Some women even see relief from morning sickness and
Exercise also reduces the stress you are putting on your body throughout the pregnancy. You will go through emotional, physical, and hormonal changes. It is recommended that you attempt to work out every other day for at least 30 minutes. Your infant also will receive the benefits of reduced stress. Researchers are beginning to notice that infants born to women who have maintained an exercise routine throughout the pregnancy are able to self-
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Exercise can still be continued during the second trimester. You are able to continue
with weights and Cardio workouts. It is vital before you start any workout that you
stretch. You have a greater chance of injuring yourself if you do not warm-
• Forward Pull Ups
• Forward lunges
• Upright Row
• Shoulder Press
• Pectoral Lift
During the third trimester, it will be very important to be in tune with your body.
Exercise can prevent high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and other weight
gain problems. With your growing belly, you will need to adjust your routine to allow
you to handle the change in body shape. Adapting the workout does not mean that you
have to completely cut out activities. It does mean that you should watch out for
dizziness, pain, extra fatigue, or headaches. You should still utilize the birthing
ball to do stretches and prenatal yoga is extremely beneficial. Kegel exercises should
also be done regularly. Many women notice they are no longer are able to run or even
walk at a brisk pace because of fatigue; however, anything is better than nothing
is when it comes to exercise.
If you are pregnant with multiples, exercise needs to be taken in a different light.
You need to be monitored more closely, but exercise is still necessary to maintain
optimum health. Your belly will get much larger, much faster, than a mother carrying
a single baby, so there are some adaptations to take into account. It is strongly
recommended that after week 28, you do not do more than walking or water aerobics
as it can start pre-
• Aqua Aerobics
• Pelvic floor exercises
As long as you do not feel like you extremely stressed, then you can continue. You can watch your health during the workout by monitoring your heart rate and contractions (or Braxton Hicks).
When you become pregnant, weight gain will be an issue on everyone's mind. Doctors
are concerned about how much you gain and lose due to the health of the baby. However,
you will want to care about your health and exercise because it will make your labor
and delivery easier. It will also help you lose weight in the postpartum months.
It is also very important that you know how to work out safely. While it is important to work out, it is also very important that you do not jeopardize the health of your fetus. There are different guidelines depending on what trimester of the pregnancy you are in.
Whether you are carrying one child or multiple, you will need to watch out for the
following symptoms. If you experience any one of them, you will need to stop your
workout and talk to your doctor for further advice.
• Back pain or pain in your hips
• Leaking of fluid other than urine
• Vaginal bleeding
• Blurred vision
• Nausea and/or sickness
• Heart palpitations
• Increased swelling in your hands, feet and ankles
• Sharp pain in your tummy or chest
• Calf pain or swelling
• Your baby is moving less than usual or not at all
• You feel unwell
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