Prenatal Exercise WHY #3: What Should I Be Aware of During Exercise While I'm Pregnant?

As you all know our bodies are constantly changing during pregnancy! A woman’s body will go through more changes during the 9 months of her pregnancy than a man’s will in his entire life! It’s important to know how these changes can affect your exercise routine. And it’s also important to know what signs your body will give you to tell you to slow down or stop.

One of the ways your body prepares to give birth is through the hormone relaxin. This hormone kicks in to loosen your joints, particularly those of the pelvic bones in order to more easily deliver a baby. However, relaxin can affect other joints of your body as well, and you may notice that you feel a little wobbly at times. It is important to be careful during exercise when doing side to side movements or balance activities because your joints are more likely to give out in these situations. Another time to be careful of this is during stretching. Stretching is very important during pregnancy but overstretching can be a problem while the joints are so loose.

As the baby grows and the uterus enlarges, all the other organs of your body have to move and adjust to this growing space. Everything tends to get just a little cramped down there! Women can sometimes feel dizziness or light-headedness while lying on their backs during pregnancy. This occurs because the uterus is pressing down on the major vessel bringing blood back to the heart. Because of this, it is important to avoid exercises on your back.

Keep cool and hydrated during your workouts! Pregnant women tend to get overheated more easily and lose water rapidly. It is also important to know that you need to bring in extra calories for the calories you are burning during exercise. Now is not a time to be worried about losing weight! Having a pre-workout snack helps to regulate your blood sugar and gives you the energy you need to exercise hard.

But most importantly - LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! If you are experiencing any strange symptoms (bleeding, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, etc), make sure to STOP! It is always better to be safe than sorry. You have plenty of time to push yourself harder once you have your baby - during our Stroller Strides classes :)

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Fit4Baby prenatal classes starting TOMORROW! These classes are just for pregnant moms and can be for any stage of pregnancy! Hope to see you there!!

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