Exercise and Pregnancy

Second Trimester

Once you are feeling better and your energy starts to return you may want to resume an existing exercise program or be motivated to start a new one.

Exercise and Pregnancy Second Trimester colorado springs obgyn

There is a lot of information on the Internet about exercise and pregnancy. The current recommendations support exercise during pregnancy as long as there are no current underlying medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, a heart disease, high blood pressure, etc.).

Exercise prevents lower back pain, strengthens your core to better prepare you for labor, reduces the risk of high blood pressure, pregnancy related diabetes, post partum depression, boosts your energy level and prevents excess weight gain.

There is no validity to the “old information” about harming the baby due to an elevated heart rate or body temperature during exercise.

As the pregnancy continues the activities you enjoy – biking, high impact aerobics, etc., should be replaced with a stationary bike, walking, swimming, yoga and rowing.

It is ideal to exercise for at least 30 minutes and work hard enough that you can carry on a conversation, but not want to.

If you can’t talk during your workout you are working too hard.

Lastly, it is important to discuss your exercise habits and preferences during your first prenatal appointment to outline an appropriate regiment for you.