September 22, 2012 by Kelly
When you’re pregnant, your main focus is rightly on the health of your baby, and a healthy mommy is a necessary part of that equation. Working out while pregnant makes some women wary. They, of course, do not want to do anything wrong to potentially put the baby, or themselves, at risk. However, not having a proper fitness routine is an even greater risk. Here is an easy list of dos and don’ts for exercising safely when pregnant.
1. Do stretch before and after each workout. Be aware that your joints may be more flexible as the body produces the hormone relaxin, which loosens joints in preparation for the birth.
2. Do drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. “Staying adequately hydrated during pregnancy is hard enough,” says Kellee Bryan, community manager at EveryMove, and mom of two boys Riley, 10, and Avi, 21 months. “Add exercise to the equation, and it’s even harder,”
3. Do avoid overheating. The first trimester is when the baby’s major organs begin to form, and if your core temperature gets too high, it could potentially cause problems.