How To: Pregnancy Exercise – What’s the Best Pregnancy Workout Plan?


by For Two Fitness

Pregnancy Exercise – Finding the Best Pregnancy Workout Plan

What activities are best for pregnancy exercise? How should I structure my pregnancy workout plan?  How much exercise is too much for a pregnant woman?  These are questions women often ask when they become pregnant, particularly if they are already very fit, or if they are concerned about gaining an unhealthy amount of weight.

Yoga is a common pregnancy exercise

Yoga is a very popular pregnancy exercise.

Exercise during pregnancy is good for most expecting mothers, health experts agree.  Should you be exercising during this pregnancy? What kinds of pregnancy exercise are best for you?  These are questions that must be discussed with your doctor.   Every woman is different, and every pregnancy is different.  Therefore, a  pregnancy workout plan that is right for your friend or sister may not be the best plan for you.  The following are some general guidelines to consider when crafting your own pregnancy workout plan, but please – listen to your body!  Stop immediately if you do not feel well, and consult your physician.

The current American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines say most pregnant women should exercise about 30 minutes a day most days of the week.   Is running an acceptable pregnancy exercise?  ACOG says you can usually keep running during pregnancy if you were a runner before becoming pregnant.  Right here on our blog, you’ll see success stories of many women who continued running during pregnancy (and even completing half and full marathons during pregnancy!) The ACOG guidelines for pregnancy exercise also offer practical tips for avoiding dehydration, over-stretching, and injury.

WebMD.com says  that maintaining a regular routine of pregnancy exercise can help you stay healthy and feel good too.   Regular exercise during pregnancy can decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue.  It also may help to prevent gestational diabetes, relieve stress, and build strength and stamina needed for labor.  Pregnancy exercise also keeps weight gain within a healthy range.

Your pregnancy exercise routine should probably be a little less intense than your pre-pregnancy routine.   Experts, including the ACOG guidelines,  advocate using the “talk test” as a guide for exertion – you should be able to carry on a conversation without being short of breath, struggling to finish your words, or gasping for air.  Most agree that contact sports, or activities that carry a risk of falling, or activities in extreme environments – such as scuba diving – are best avoided.

Pregnancy is not the time to embark on a new, intense fitness regimen.  If you were not active before, your pregnancy exercise plan might consist of walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga.  Generally, the ACOG guidelines recommend you begin with light activity for just a few minutes, and gradually increase your exercise sessions by about five minutes, to increase until you are exercising the recommended 30 minutes per day.   If you were very fit before pregnancy, you can probably continue to exercise as you normally would, paying attention to your level of exertion and modifying for comfort.   Be sure to stay well hydrated and consume the adequate calories needed – pregnancy is not the time to being a restrictive diet.  If you are obese, you might benefit from a consultation with a nutritionist, in addition to your doctor, and establish healthy eating habits to maximize the delivery of nutrients to your baby while avoiding excess weight gain.

Tell us  – what are your favorite pregnancy exercises?  Do you follow a special prenatal workout plan, or just continue to do what you were doing before pregnancy?

 

 




For Two Fitness
For Two Fitness

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in The Motherhood

Did you know? : 5 Fabulous Reasons to Give Maternity Yoga a Go
Did you know? : 5 Fabulous Reasons to Give Maternity Yoga a Go

by For Two Fitness

Maternity yoga, or yoga done during the course of your pregnancy, is a safe way to exercise and can actually help prepare the body for childbirth. If you’re looking for a way to stay fit or to increase your fitness level safely during pregnancy, read on for some great reasons to give maternity yoga a try...

Read More

How To: Select Foods to Eat During Pregnancy
How To: Select Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

by For Two Fitness

Wondering what to eat when pregnant?  Many expecting moms are concerned about nutrition for themselves and their babies, and wonder about what is safe, what is best, and what is simply unfounded advice.    There are many recommendations about what to eat during pregnancy, and it can be hard to tell whether there are good reasons for avoiding or eating certain foods during pregnancy...

Read More

Behind the Scenes with For Two Fitness: The Fabrics Behind Our Clothing
Behind the Scenes with For Two Fitness: The Fabrics Behind Our Clothing

by For Two Fitness

What’s so special about performance fabrics?   Investing in top quality fabrics makes all the difference for fit, comfort, and performance. We know the For Two Fitness mom is a discerning consumer and only wants the best for herself and her baby. Read on to find out more about the technical features of our fabrics and our commitment to free you from oversized cotton tees and give you your cute gym style back!..

Read More