Part 2 – What you can do while you are pregnant to stay fit & healthy
“If you are active [before], then pregnancy need not cause you to alter your fitness routine. If you have not been active, now is a good time to start.”1
Unless you have a high risk pregnancy or lack the OK from your doctor, you really can keep doing what you were doing before you were pregnant. That is what I did. I was in the middle of training for a duathlon when I found out I was pregnant, and I kept training.
What I did:
ran (until 7 months)
biked (until 4 months)
biked & ran (until 2 1/2 months)
anything I could without feeling discomfort
Basically I did everything, especially before I started getting “fat”. What really bothers me is when women use pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy. If you did that during your pregnancy...I’m not mad at you...just remember, being active while pregnant isn’t just good for you. Your little baby needs it too to be healthy! Besides, if you stop working out because you are pregnant, then you will have been inactive for 9 months (give or take). You gain weight while you are pregnant, that’s a fact...and everyone wants to lose it after they have their baby. If you have been inactive during your whole pregnancy, it makes it SOOO much harder to get back into a exercise routine, let alone lose the weight.
If you weren’t active before pregnancy, it is not a good idea to start by training for a major race. But it is a good idea to “start with slow, low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling.”1
What you don’t want to do (active or not):
DON’T exercise to lose weight
DON’T get overheated (workout when it’s hot & humid)
DON’T do jerky, bouncy or high-impact motions (ie: jump rope)
DON’T do deep squats, full sit-ups, double leg lifts, & straight leg toe touches
DON’T do exercises which you lie on your back (after first trimester)
Part 3 coming soon.
1. “Your Pregnancy & Birth” 4th edition. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. pp 37-40.