Pregnancy and Exercise

Any physician who is prescribing medication for a pregnant woman needs to follow a complex process. Before they decide how much of which drug can best treat a condition without harming the mother or child they have to consider the patient’s age, the number of months before delivery, any intolerance for medications, as well as other medications the mommy-to-be could already be taking.

Prescribing exercise for pregnant women needs to be handled with just as much care. Consideration needs to be made for the type, intensity, frequency, and duration of the physical activity. What may work for your sister could be totally wrong for you. She (and her baby) may be able to handle a vigorous workout, but the same workout could be hazardous to you and your baby.

If your exercise program is going to be planned and carried out at a normal pace however, it still won’t have an exact or scientific effect on your pregnancy, or labor and delivery. It can result in you being capable to better handle the effort or wear and tear pregnancy and delivery have on your body though. Anything that can naturally help you through this process is going to be a better option for you and your baby.

In other words, a pregnant woman should care for herself in such a way that she won’t feel the need to take part in a vigorous workout on a regular basis. But she shouldn’t spend her entire pregnancy in bed, without exercise or activity unless doing so would pose a risk for her or her unborn child.

At the same time, a pregnant woman’s condition varies with the growth and development of the baby inside her womb. Therefore, it’s necessary for her to receive proper medical advice and guidance from her physician during each visit throughout her pregnancy. It’s important for certain physical conditions such as blood pressure, weight and the mother’s overall health status to be monitored regularly. Exercise will keep these in check, but they also need to be checked before exercising.

Here are some points to consider when weighing the benefits of exercising during your pregnancy:

1. Fighting fatigue

When a muscle gets tired or fatigued, it’s less able to accomplish tasks such as climbing the stairs, or even sweeping or vacuuming the floor. Your body has to “borrow” from other muscles in order to help out those tired ones. This puts more strain on the pregnant woman, because there is continually more weight for those muscles to carry as the baby grows. The result is normally leg cramps, or sore muscles.

2. Reducing backaches

Even when you sit or stand you have muscles at work. Even things as easy as keeping good posture can put strain on certain muscles, which in turn causes fatigue. Take the muscles of your lower back for example. The simple act of standing in line at the grocery store check-out can be painful for a pregnant woman. Exercise during her pregnancy can help correct any issues with her posture, relieving this symptom.

3. Increasing oxygen intake

The more fit you are, the easier it is for oxygen to enter your body and do its job. This is even more important when you’re pregnant, since you’re breathing for two. While doing even the simplest of workouts, your breathing patterns improve. This makes both you and the baby healthier.

These are just a few of the numerous benefits a regular exercise program can provide for pregnant women. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying some moderate exercises either by yourself, or with a group. Perhaps if you have some pregnant friends you can get together regularly for support and encouragement. Just remember, whether you’re pregnant or not it’s always important to get the approval of your physician before starting any type of exercise routine.

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