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Chiropractors recommend exercising during pregnancy.

Posted Jul 15 2009 8:06pm

Research shows that exercising during a healthy pregnancy can help prevent excessive wieght gain, =significantly reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, prepare the body for childbirth and reduce the intensity of pregnancy induced low back pain.

But a lot ot times in my chiropractic office, many women consider rest and relaxation more important than physical activity. And even doctors still go by the 1985 guidelines of the American council of Obstretricians and Gynecologists instead of the current guide lines which emphasize a more individualized exercise approach. But if you are healthy and have a healthy pregancy, exercise helps to maintain flexibility. Some studies shoe that delivery goes easier for women who have exercised during their pregnancy.

If you haven’t exercised, walking is a good place to start. Start with 20 minutes per day and work your way up to 45 to 60 minutes. You want to put a little stress on the body, but still be able to carry on a conversation. Our office would be happy to develop an individualized program for you to keep you in shape during and after you pregnancy. Please go to our website at www.southingtonchiropractor.com for more information.

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