Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You likely feel more tired than usual, and your back might ache from carrying extra weight.
But unless you’re experiencing complications, sitting around won’t help. In fact, pregnancy can be a great time to get active — even if you haven’t exercised in a while.
Expectant mothers who are used to an exercise regime often find themselves wondering how safe exercise is during pregnancy. Can they continue their previous regime? How does the pandemic impact things?
Here are a few exercise tips from Dr. Alan Lindemann, and please make sure that you discuss exercise plans with your healthcare provider.
- Is exercise in pregnancy safe?Yes, as long as the exercise program remains the same as it was before pregnancy. This isn’t the time to try a new regime. In my experience, I haven’t seen any adverse effects from exercising in pregnancy.
2. What if I don’t feel like exercising?
The baby won’t be hurt by stopping your pre-pregnancy exercise program. You could try cutting back but still exercising a little if this feels more doable.
3. What if I prefer exercising outside by taking a walk?
During these COVID-19 times, outside is a safe place to be as long as you practice social distancing. But you should wear a mask, even outside.
4. Will a mask interfere with my exercise?
Yes, probably. It will take more time to get fresh air into your lungs with a mask. You can slow down if this is bothersome. You can also breathe with your mouth open.
5. Will my baby be smaller if I exercise during pregnancy?
Probably not if you haven’t started a new exercise program, and if you eat a well-balanced diet and gain weight normally.
About Dr. Alan: An obstetrician and maternal mortality expert, “Rural Doc” Alan Lindemann, M.D. teaches women and their families how to create the outcomes they want for their own personal health and pregnancy. In his nearly 40 years of practice, he has delivered around 6,000 babies and achieved a maternal mortality rate of zero! Learn more at LindemannMD.com.