Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
Yes it is healthy to continue to do aerobic exercises during pregnancy. The best time to resume exercise regimens is in the 2nd trimester. Always decrease the intensity of exercise that you are used to. If you are a runner resume jogging, if you are a jogger, resume walking instead. Listen to your body and when it tells you that you are tired, stop the activity you are engaging in. Exercise is always good for most physiques, the reason why we would advise continued exercise for those that have always exercised is that the body is used to the activity and does not perceive it as stress. Therefore continuing exercise should not cause harm to the pregnancy and will help decrease stress and improve maternal health. Just be sure to tone everything down and not push your body to the limit. Listen to your body!
Is weight lifting and core body work safe during pregnancy?
It is advised to not do any weight work during the first trimester and no core abdominal work during the entirety of the pregnancy. This can cause added stress on the uterus and abdomen during the pregnancy.
If you have never exercised before please speak to you physician or midwife for advice.
What exercises to avoid during pregnancy?
Avoid exercises on your back or on your belly after the fourth month of pregnancy.
Avoid sauna, steam, whirlpool or hot environments that can raise the mother’s core body
temperature above 38 C.