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Heart Rate For Pregnancy

Women that are exercising prior to pregnancy can usually maintain a higher level of exercise performance during pregnancy than sedentary women. However, most pregnant women cannot exercise at the same exercise intensity and duration as before their pregnancy.

Talk with your obstetrician before beginning or continuing an exercise program for your pregnancy. Exercise prescriptions during pregnancy need to be highly individualized there are no current recommendations for calculating target heart rate. Instead of relying solely on your heart rate as a measure of exercise intensity, it is also important to focus on your level of exertion by listening to the body and only doing what feels comfortable. Try to exercise moderately and you should be able to talk normally throughout exercise. If you cannot talk easily, you are probably exercising too strenuously.

A Perceived Exertion score between 4 and 6 is a reasonable target for pregnancy workouts. More strenuous exercise causes your body temperature to rise beyond what is safe for the baby, and oxygen delivery to the placenta may be compromised. Be sure to stay well-hydrated during a workout. Drink cool water before, during and after your exercise sessions.

Lower Heart Rate During Pregnancy

Lower intensity workouts may also advised for those who are undergoing infertility treatment. Always begin aerobic exercise slowly and gradually build the intensity over a 5 to 10 minute period. Once you have completed the "Warm Up" period of aerobic exercise and you have a rhythm established for your workout, use the Perceived Exertion scale to evaluate your exercise intensity.

Do not suddenly stop aerobic exercise. After your workout time is over, gradually slow down your speed, allowing your heart rate to return to a lower level before stopping.

Not all exercises or diets are suitable for everyone. Before you begin this program, you should have permission from your doctor to participate in vigorous exercise and change of diet. If you feel discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue. The instructions and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants and distributors of this site disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercise and advice provided here.

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