It's especially important to speak with a physician
if you didn't exercise before pregnancy,
but plan to do so now.
The American Pregnancy Association offers these general
- Kegel exercises, swimming, walking, light dancing
are generally safe, under a doctor's supervision.
- Bicycling and using a stair climbing machine also
are fairly safe, but care should be taken to prevent
- Jogging, running and aerobics are acceptable if
you did these exercises regularly before pregnancy.
- Avoid skiing, horseback riding and water skiing.
- No matter what kind of exercise you are doing, avoid
overheating. And if your heart feels like it's
beating too fast (over 140 beats per minute), stop.
- Also quit exercising if you have vaginal bleeding,
dizziness, feel faint, have shortness of breath, contractions
or feel nauseated.
study found that here were significantly lower heart
rates among fetuses that had been exposed to maternal
exercise. The heart rates among non-exposed fetuses
were higher, regardless of the fetal activity or the
gestational age. This study suggests that a mother who
exercises may not only be imparting health benefits
to her own heart, but to her developing babys
heart as well.