So you are pregnant…congratulations! But what about your Crossfit workout, spin class or marathon training? Are these activities safe to participate in while expecting? On the other side of the spectrum, the less active may be wondering if starting a workout routine while pregnant is healthy for your baby. These are all thoughts that might be swirling around your head.
In general, most forms of basic exercise are not only healthy in pregnancy, but encouraged. If you have never exercised before, that’s okay! Pregnancy is a great time to start moving. While it may not be the best time to start an intense regimen, it is a great time to begin exercising nonetheless. For anyone, beginner to expert, walking, swimming, light bike riding are safe activities to undergo, and provide numerous benefits for you and your baby. Benefits include decreased back pain, as well as decreased constipation and bloating. Physical activity can lead to increased energy and improved mood. Exercise has been shown to help you sleep better (and you definitely should be saving up sleep for when the kiddo arrives). There is even a possibility that getting active can prevent or help treat gestational diabetes. As always, remember to start slow and build your endurance.
For those of you who already have a regimen, the good news is that for the most part you can continue. The general rule, with a few exceptions, is that if you were consistently participating in an activity before pregnancy then by all means continue it! Now for the exceptions: no downhill skiing, scuba diving, or contact sports. The basic idea is to consider the risk of contact. If contact is a possibility, then it is probably not a good activity while pregnant. Activities which cause jarring motions or quick changes in direction should be approached with caution, or probably left out.
Overheating and dehydration occur much easier and more quickly in pregnancy, so plan accordingly, especially here in Texas. Signs of dehydration may include: thirst, dizziness, dark yellow urine, inability to urinate, dry mouth, nausea and/or vomiting. If you have the above symptoms you are already dehydrated and you should drink water. If the symptoms are severe call your doctor right away.
We are here to guide you through this exciting time. As always, if you have concerns or questions, please call and/or make an appointment to see your physician. Get up and get moving!