I am 34, just starting into my second trimester of pregnancy and have always been active. I do a variety of cardio (fitness classes, treadmill and bike) and strength training (weights are used in some of the classes I attend). I work out three to four times a week and this is my first pregnancy.
I feel really good and my doctor has not given me any restrictions, but I am wondering if I should keep doing the same thing or change it in some way? - Kimberly D.
Pregnancy is one of the most health conscious times of a woman's life. Even women who don't exercise regularly focus on incorporating healthier habits during these important nine months. It is a time when the pay-off for good choices is doubled - with a healthy baby and also a healthy, more energetic you.
Entering the second trimester of pregnancy usually means you are feeling more like yourself again, resting better, tolerating foods and regaining your normal energy level. With your commitment to exercise you enter with a head start on health. Chances are you will ease through this pregnancy and delivery and bounce back in a shorter amount of time.
In fact, exercising regularly has been shown to decrease incidence of excessive maternal weight gain, swelling, pregnancy induced hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, dyspnea, gestational diabetes mellitus, cramps, fatigue and back pain.
The guidelines for prenatal exercise, barring any complications during pregnancy, are just the same as for the general population.