You know all about eating for two, but what about exercising for two? A healthy mom can help nurture a healthy baby. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that as long as her doctor approves, the average healthy mom-to-be get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week.
What type of exercise you do is a matter of personal preference as long as your doctor approves and you put safety first. Also, consider your pre-pregnancy exercise routine. If you didn’t exercise prior to becoming pregnant, start slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of your workout.
Avoid activities that:
• put you at high risk for injury
• are contact sports
• involve extreme heat
• require you to lift weights above your head
• require lying on your back
• can be highly dangerous for your baby, including scuba diving
Activities that are often a good choice for a mom-to-be include swimming, walking, dancing, riding a stationary bike and prenatal yoga. Listen to your body, and talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have. Stop exercising immediately if you experience dizziness, headache, difficulty breathing, chest pain, abdominal pain, contractions or bleeding.
Exercising during pregnancy can benefit both you and your growing baby. It can help:
• manage stress
• avoid excessive weight gain
• reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and postpartum depression
• improve circulation and limit swelling
• prevent or reduce back pain
• boost energy
• build strength and stamina in preparation for the demands of labor and delivery
To learn about how the Medical Center of Lewisville helps nurture healthy moms and babies, visit us online. To find a doctor, use our physician directory. For all of your other questions, contact us online, or call (972) 420-1000.