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Aerobic Exercise During Pregnancy

Aerobic activity is a great way to stay active while you are carrying your baby, but there are a few changes you will need to make to a general aerobics program to keep it safe for the pregnancy.

Aerobic exercise increases your body temperature, and it is very important not to over-heat while pregnant. Exercise should not be too long or too intense. Be aware of the room or air temperature too, since a very warm environment will can cause you to over-heat more easily and quickly. Don't dress too warmly, and drink cool water throughout the exercise.

You want to select non-impact or low-impact aerobic activities that do not have twisting movements. Excellent choices include swimming, walking, or biking. Taking a prenatal exercise class is also a great idea since instructors should be knowledgeable about modifications during pregnancy. Keep your heart rate in the moderate range. Low moderate is fine for women who are just starting out. Use the perceived exertion scale to evaluate how hard your body seems to be working, and keep it on the lighter side.

Since aerobic activity recommendations are highly individualized based on pre-pregnancy fitness level following your own intuition and comfort level is your best measure for the right intensity and amount of exercise for you. As a general guide you should be able to talk comfortably and should not be short of breath. Of course, you should always consult your obstetrician before beginning any aerobic exercise program.

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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