When you find out that you’re pregnant, so many things start swirling around in your head. You have a lot of questions about both you and the baby that you want to find answers to. The internet is a great place to find a lot of information, but not always a great place to find reliable information. One thing you will read a lot is that you shouldn’t start any kind of new exercise during pregnancy. While there can be some valid reasons to not start certain kinds of exercise, starting to exercise in pregnancy can have great benefits for both you and the baby, even if you’ve never exercised before.
3 Considerations for Starting Exercise During Pregnancy:
1. Do I have a high-risk pregnancy?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you should consult your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise. There are many health considerations that can impact your ability to participate in fitness during pregnancy. It’s possible that you would be able to exercise at a low to moderate level depending on your circumstances, but if you have any kind of special considerations, you should ask your doctor before beginning exercise.
2. Do I have a good place to exercise?
Whether it’s at home or at a gym, make sure you have a place with proper equipment and a reliable cooling system. Equipment should be sturdy, so there won’t be a possibility of injury while using it. When you’re pregnant, overheating happens much more quickly, so you need to be sure that you can take breaks and cool off as needed.
3. Do I have a good exercise program to follow?
While things like biking, walking, and swimming will definitely benefit you during pregnancy, strength training will multiply those benefits exponentially. Normal personal trainers or online programs aren’t trained to deal specifically with the considerations of fitness during pregnancy. Make sure you’re following along with a trainer or business, like Mom Gets Moxie, to ensure that you are well-informed about all the considerations of fitness throughout your pregnancy. You may develop a symptom that you don’t understand but can be explained by pregnancy and helped with fitness.
You don’t have to be afraid to start exercise during pregnancy. Start slow if you’re wanting to participate in something that is new to you, but, I would definitely advise adding in resistance training to your routine. You will be better prepared for birth and motherhood and live with fewer aches and pains.
If you need help getting started, reach out to me!