Pregnancy and Exercise: Can You Continue?
Learning what types and levels of exercise are still appropriate during pregnancy can be a stressful experience. Some women become overwhelmed by the conflicting opinions of others and end up dropping their exercise patterns altogether.
If our bodies are used to being very active, becoming inactive can really bring down our happiness and make us feel low.
McKenna Bullock, a Medical Assistant at a women’s clinic, said, “Staying active during pregnancy is definitely recommended! We always tell women to keep up whatever exercise routine they’re used to doing prior to pregnancy, but to avoid starting any new regimens.”
If your body is used to working out a certain way, then maintaining that will be perfectly safe – just don’t overdo it! “I once met with a woman who was preparing for a marathon right before she got pregnant. We advised her not to continue training for the full 26-mile marathon, but told her she could still run a half marathon and be fine. If you’re used to running – run! If not, stick to walking and other non-strenuous exercises,” Bullock said.
As I was contemplating this topic, I thought about Charlotte in the movie “Sex and the City.” Typically a runner, she becomes so afraid of harming her baby while she's pregnant that she stops altogether and loses the mood-boosting high she’s used to getting from running. Then, after being reassured that it’s perfectly safe to continue exercising, she throws on her running shoes and gets back out there!