Exercising While Pregnant – Can It Benefit Your Health?

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Exercising While Pregnant – Can It Benefit Your Health?

Author: Mandy Gibbons

Physicians have, for the most part, discredited the old wives tale that exercising while pregnant is unhealthy. However…

Before continuing an exercise program, always check with your doctor for any underlying conditions that she or he may have issues with. And if you’re given the go ahead by your doctor, exercising while pregnant can definitely benefit you if you’re cautious, listen to your body and stay within certain guidelines. It will also aid in getting you back into shape after baby is born. You may also like to review the following guidelines: 2002 AGOG Contraindications for Exercise in Pregnancy.

The well being of you and your baby must come first. This is not the time to choose to start some crazy hard core fitness goal. Instead your goal, while you’re pregnant, needs to be focusing more on moderate exercise, and exercising sensibly.

There are 4 important things to remember while exercising when pregnant:

Talk to your doctor and make him or her aware that you intend to continue your exercise program throughout your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different for every woman and there are no black and white rules to follow in an exercise program. Situations may change your routine and your doctor needs to be involved in every change you experience.

Proper instruction is important, and other than seeking advice from your GP, for the sake of your health and your baby’s, speak and get instruction from a certified trainer who specializes in exercising during pregnancy. So you can progress with your exercise regime within the guidelines given to you. Make sure, if you have any underlying conditions or injuries that you let your trainer, not just your doctor, know. You may even want your trainer to speak with your doctor so they can work together, and be in contact to help monitor your exercise throughout your pregnancy.

If you are new to working out, exercising while pregnant may not be advisable unless you begin with a very gentle routine. It is important to remain active during your pregnancy but beginning a workout routine might also shock your body if it is not used to it. So it’s wise to be cautious.

Regardless if you are used to exercising regularly or just want to begin a few basic moves, exercising while pregnant needs to be geared around what your body tells you how far to go. As your pregnancy progresses, you will find your body is changing and responding differently to the workload. Pay attention and adjust your resistance, reps, sets and rest period as needed.

Exercising while pregnant can help you stay healthy and happy but only when you don’t overdo it and you ensure you listen closely to your body and your physician and trainer. If you feel that you’re becoming strained and too tired from your routine – cut back on your exercise – or stop and seek advice. Remember safety comes first!

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Yours in fun, health and fitness Mandy Gibbons For more tips and hints on exercising while pregnant visit Virtual Fitness Trainer.

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20 Responses to “Exercising While Pregnant – Can It Benefit Your Health?”

  1. kntdjr says:


  2. AmyJ says:

    Very simple…

    1) Cutting daily calorie intake (usually by about 500 calories)
    2) Do cardio exercise 5-6 days a week for 30-40 minutes
    3) Start taking a multi-vitamin
    4) Find a buddy to do the plan with you
    5) And don’t be too hard on yourself!

    Good luck!

  3. Hanser says:

    I exercise like almost every 3 or 4 days a week, each time is different work-out. I did my abs work- out today and it cause me neck pain. How can I do sit-up without forcing my neck?

  4. ny says:

    If you have problems with your back while doing ad exercises, try the

    this one will do the best for you, see how you will be laying on your
    back, legs in the air:


    if you are ready to invest in a ball, try Russian twists, they make
    waist smaller and abs harder, and your back lays on the ball:


    Ball Knee crunches, where you support yourself with the hands:


    abdominal dragon flags :


    Abdominal Leg Raises:


    they have animated photos, so it’s easy to understand how to do them.

  5. ------ says:

    Please keep in mind exercise, not machine. Plus, if you wouldn’t mind, can you describe the exercise or show a link describing how to do it, or someone doing it. Thanks ahead of time. :D
    awesome possums everyone. I’ll try all of it and see how it works, once again, thx!

  6. bitch1 says:

    When you do your crunches, if you lift your legs up and move them in a cycle position as you do your crunches, it will tone your thighs and also lower abs. It’s simple and can be done very easily.

    Also for thighs squats and lunges are great.

    And for abs “the plank” is a great exercise. Its where you position yourself in a push up position but with your forearm on the ground and your body raised up like a plank about 6 inches minimum from the ground and then you hold that position for about 30seconds. You can hold it for longer but to start of with do it for 30 or as long as you can really. You will really feel it working your abs.

  7. Ally says:

    I want to buy an exercise ball for my hedgehog but I’m concerned his feet might get caught in the air holes. What exercise ball is most recommended for hedgehogs?

  8. FriendtoHedgehogs says:

    There isn’t one. Aside from toenails getting caught and ripped out in the ventilation holes, there’s inadequate ventilation period, and as they tend to poop and pee on the run, they can turn into a hedgehog waste distribution machine all over your carpet, let alone the poor hedgehog being trapped in a washing machine of its own waste. Not recommended. Get a sturdy bucket wheel (Carolina Storm) instead for exercise.

    You can create a small play area using plastic storage ‘cube’ panels on a blanket on the floor for free range exercise, but always inspect your hedgehog’s legs and feet after play time outside as they are prone to getting hairs/fibers wrapped around their feet and legs. Some hedgehogs have had to have feet and legs amputatated as their owners never paid attention until it was too late.

  9. LyraA says:

    When you exercise, what are some things to look out for when you’re trying to exercise to tone up but not to lose weight or inches? For example, should your heart rate not go up? Should you just exercise until you feel the burn, pause, then start again?

    Thanks for the tips!

  10. Kait says:

    Just eat enough, and you will not lose weight or inches.

    Your heart rate has to rise and your have to feel the burn in order to get exercise at all, so you can`t avoid those!

  11. abuamin55 says:

    Aerobic exercise causes the body to increase its use of oxygen.What are good examples of aerobic exercise?How does this type of activity benefit the body?

  12. Veritatum17 says:

    Aerobic exercise does not include asking people to answer your homework questions for you on Yahoo!Answers.

    You really should find out and try some, it’s quite enjoyable.


  13. JoshFinor says:

    I would just like to know what exercise could I do everyday at home to have better endurance(endurance for running)? And is stretching done only in the beginning of the exercise or after the exercise?

    Thanks in advance!
    I have a lot of snow outside of my house, so I can’t run outside,
    but I’m looking for an exercise that can be done inside the house and that doesn’t require any equipment, if possible,

  14. Crunchy says:

    jogging on a treadmill is a sufficent exercise for at home and stretching should be done before and after

  15. SweatyPoet says:

    People talk about exercise and endorphins and feeling good blah blah. My question is: How long does this boost in mood caused by exercise last? Does it last the whole day? Or is it only temporary, for a few minutes while you exercise, and then gone? If the latter, then I won’t bother with the whole exercise thing.

  16. Aloisia says:

    For me, it lasts as long as I’m working out. During my cross country season, I’m at my happiest mood for the whole 5 months. I just got done working out an hour ago and i still feel pretty good. Exercise is the best medicine. No, it doesn’t last for a few minutes, it lasts the whole day and if you exercise tomorrow and the day after that, it’ll last for as long as you keep working out.

    please answer mine http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111204124826AAFqtwB

  17. kirby_ang says:

    I’m not sure how much exercise would also be considered too much. I’ve heard and read some recommend an exercise of 3 times a week. Would exercising daily be too much? I think other people leading active lifestyles have no problem with daily physical activity. Is it possible for a diabetic to still build up their muscles? Or would their condition make it a little more difficult for them?

  18. sandhya says:

    If you’re out of shape or have recently been diagnosed as having diabetes, see your doctor before you begin an exercise program. Your doctor can tell you about the kinds of exercise that are good for you depending on how well your diabetes is controlled and any complications or other conditions you may have. Here are some tips for starting:

    * If you’re planning to walk or jog, be sure your shoes fit well and are designed for the activity you have in mind. Be alert for blisters. Wear new shoes for a bit each day until they’re comfortable and not as likely to cause blisters. Remember, always wear socks.

    * Start slowly with a low-impact exercise such as walking, swimming, or biking.

    * Build up the time you spend exercising gradually. If you have to, start with five minutes and add a bit of time each day.

    * Always wear an ID tag indicating that you have diabetes to insure proper treatment in case there’s a problem when you’re exercising or you have an injury.

    * Avoid lifting very heavy weights as a precaution against sudden high blood pressure.

    * If you have foot problems, consider swimming or biking, which is easier on the feet than jogging.

    * Stretch for five minutes before and after your workout regardless of how intense you plan to exercise.

    How often should you exercise?

    Try to exercise at the same time every day for the same duration. This will help control your blood sugar. Exercise at least three times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes.

    What about food and insulin?

    If you plan to exercise more than an hour after eating, it’s a good idea to have a snack. Generally, it’s good to have a high-carbohydrate snack such as six ounces of fruit juice or half of a plain bbagel.
    If you’re doing heavy exercise such as aerobics, running or handball, you may need to eat a bit more such as a half of a meat sandwich and a cup of milk.

    If you haven’t eaten for over an hour or if your blood sugar is less than 100 to 120, eat or drink something like an apple or a glass of milk before you exercise. Carry a snack with you in case of low blood sugar.

    If you use insulin, exercise after eating, not before. Test your blood sugar before, during and after exercising. Don’t exercise when your blood sugar is more than 240.

    If you’re not an insulin user, test your blood sugar before and after exercising if you take pills for diabetes.

    When is exercise a problem?

    If your blood sugar level is over 300 mg/dl, if you are sick, short of breath, have ketones in your urine or are experiencing any tingling, pain or numbness in your legs, don’t exercise. Also if your medication is peaking, it’s better not to exercise.
    you can visit this site for more information on diabetes

  19. Sarah says:

    I am trying to eta healthy and exercise do I need some exercises to burn fat and calories that can be done within an hour.

  20. Charles says:

    Hi Sarah, Great question. Many people want to know the answer to this so here it is.

    I enjoy push-ups and pull ups because they give a great workout for the upper body. My favorite stomach exercise is bicycle crunches. It uses the arms and legs at the same time you get enhanced work in your stomach muscles.

    Reverse crunches are a great lower abdominal exercise to get rid of that stubborn lower belly fat. Long duration, steady-pace traditional cardio is also good.

    Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right. You want to avoid processed foods and eat more organic natural foods.