Some women get pregnant, sit back and relax while others push it a little too hard trying to make sure that their bodies stay fit.
Dr. Dave Hnida wants women to know there can be too much of a good thing when they exercise while pregnant. A little bit can mean easier labor and delivery, but too much exercise can be risky.
It varies from woman to woman.
“The official guidelines say start at 5 minutes a day and work your way up and don’t do more than 30 minutes a day. And definitely do not do an hour, ” he warns.
Many experts say don’t take up any new strenuous exercise during pregnancy. They recommend easier activities like walking and swimming.
“One of the best exercises in pregnancy is swimming because there’s no pressure on your joints. It’s enough exercise and usually you don’t get short of breath,” Moritz said.
“Moderation and common sense are the best roads to follow during pregnancy,” Hnida said.
Non-strenuous exercise can shorten labor, lessen the need for medications during labor, plus a lower rate of complications overall.
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