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Rate of Perceived Exertion

Updated: Apr 24


One particular piece of faulty advice that has persisted is that, when you are pregnant, you shouldn’t let your heart rate get above 140 beats per minute. There are a number of things wrong with this perspective. First of all, everyone is different and heart rates can vary person to person. 140 beats per minute can be a walking pace for some and a jogging pace for others. Secondly, it’s a very arbitrary number that doesn’t really inform you as to what is actually best for you and where you’re at. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.


So, if this advice doesn’t work, how can you know how to regulate yourself during fitness while you’re pregnant? I’ll tell you – Rate of Perceived Exertion. Never heard of it? Let me fill you in!


The Rate of Perceived Exertion or RPE is how hard you feel like you’re working. If you’re not in tune with your body and what it’s telling you, this can be hard to determine, sometimes, which I why I want you to learn to listen to what your body is saying. If you’re just starting to learn to listen to your body, here’s where to start with RPE:


When referring to RPE, you may also hear references to the “Talk Test” and you can see the referenced above. During pregnancy, I advise most women not to pass a 7-8 on the RPE scale. I always want you to be able to at least get out a sentence – I don’t want you working to the point that you can’t speak. 


As you work out throughout your pregnancy, keep this chart and talk test in mind. If you exercise with a. buddy, then try to maintain some kind of conversation throughout the time that you’re exercising. If you work out alone, talk to yourself every few minutes and make sure that you can still get out a full sentence. RPE is a great way to self-monitor your exercise during pregnancy!

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