The only condition that a pregnant woman needs to be careful with what types of exercises she undertakes is how strenuous her exercise routine is.
The first step is to talk with your doctor about what your current workout includes and what steps you should take to modify it. Most doctors know the importance of fitness for a healthy pregnancy and are glad to work with patients.
Exercises To Avoid While Pregnant
- Any exercise that could cause trauma to the abdomen. Kickboxing and martial arts are in this category.
- Exercising in hot environments. A workout is going to heat you up. Be prepared by dressing in layers and removing them as your body heats up.
Avoid exercising outside, especially during the hot summer months.
- Exercises that put you at risk of falling. No balance beam exercises.
- Being flat on your back, especially after the first trimester. The prone position can restrict the amount of blood flowing to the heart.
- Standing in one position for long periods of time. This can cause your blood pressure to fluctuate wildly.
Your body is going to go through steady changes over a 9-10 month period. You need to get in tune with your body and the changes it is going through. What you can do in your first trimester is not going to be what you are capable of in the last.
Reduce the intensity of your exercises. Your body is going to go through major changes as you move from one trimester to another. Be prepared to reduce your intensity as needed.
Cut back on, then eliminate, jumps and twists in your routine. As your body changes to accommodate your growing uterus, you are going to experience weight gain and a shift in your center of gravity. Add in twists and jumps with these changes and you have a recipe for disaster.
Find low-impact exercise options for the third trimester. Walking and swimming are both good options. Being prepared before you reach this point will make the transition easier.
And always, always listen to your doctor. If your doctor tells you to stop doing a particular exercise, stop.
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