Is It Safe to Exercise When Pregnant? - Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn

Is It Safe to Exercise When Pregnant?

Exercise in general is good for you, even when you are pregnant, but pregnancy is different for every woman. The rule of thumb from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is 30 minutes per day, most days. To be able to fully determine whether it is safe to exercise when pregnant is a conversation that every woman should have with her OB/GYN. However, there are some general guidelines we recommend for pregnant women.

Exercise and Your Pregnancy – Let Comfort Be Your Guide

When it comes to exercise and pregnancy, common sense is often your best guide. Listen to your body. If it hurts, don’t do it. Pay special attention to these symptoms:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Pelvic pain

If you were regularly exercising before you got pregnant, it is likely you will be able to continue exercising right up until you give birth. The better shape you were in prior to pregnancy the more likely you’ll be able to continue your fitness program, although you should moderate your activity. WebMD, for example, recommends that if you were doing high-impact aerobics before pregnancy, you should do low-impact aerobics during pregnancy.

Do Not Start a New Exercise Program Without Consulting Your Physician

You should always consult with your OB/GYN about exercise limitations. Some women who have high-risk pregnancies or other complications may have to forgo their typical exercise routine to protect the baby. For most women, it’s most likely safe to continue exercising, but it is not the time to pick up that spinning class you’ve always wanted to take. Opt instead for a pregnancy yoga class or a gentle water aerobics course designed for expectant mothers. Other generally safe exercise activities include walking and swimming.

Exercise Can Help Relieve Pregnancy Discomfort

If you suffer from lower back pain, you can often find relief from the discomfort with regular exercise. Walking, yoga, and swimming can all be beneficial. The benefits of exercise continue – a woman who maintains fitness throughout the pregnancy will be better able to cope with the strenuous labor of childbirth.

To get more information about exercise during pregnancy, make an appointment today Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn in Englewood and Kettering, OH. We offer specialized, compassionate care combined with cutting-edge treatments in obstetrics and gynecology.

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13 March 16, 2020

To our valued patients,

In an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19/Coronavirus, Kettering Medical Center has limited the number of support persons to be allowed on the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units of the hospital.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY only two support persons will be allowed per laboring patient for the entirety of their hospital stay. Kettering Medical Center will be screening ALL non-patient persons entering the hospital for symptoms associated with Covid-19/Coronavirus, including support persons for laboring patients. Any person with any grade fever, cough or respiratory symptoms WILL NOT be permitted to enter the facility. Their policy of no non-patient persons under the age of 14 in the facility remains in effect during this time as well.

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We realize this is disappointing and upsetting news. We appreciate your understanding and patience while we work to keep patients and staff healthy during this global health crisis.

Please feel free to reach out to the office if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Huey & Weprin, OB/Gyn

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