Exercise During Pregnancy
Regular exercise (at least 3 times per week) is recommended over periodic exercise
Exercise intensity should be mild to moderate (It is recommended tht perceived exertion be used, rather than heart beat)
After first trimester, avoid exercise in the supine position (laying on the back)
While exercising, should drink plenty of water
Avoid exercising in heat and humidity
Avoid any activity or exercise that has the potential for even mild abdominal trauma
The following tips were taken from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Technical Bulletin #189, Washington, DC, 1994.
Submitted by Dr. Kathleen Poole who is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in Blacksburg, VA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central!