Exercise Your Way to an Easier Pregnancy — Guest Post at What To Expect

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Me, cross country skiing at 8 months pregnant. Super awkward, super fun.

Woohoo! I was asked to guest post for the “Word of Mom” blog at the What To Expect When You’re Expecting website! At the request of a friend, my article was about what the science shows regarding exercise and pregnancy. Here’s a very brief summary of my findings:

  1. Listen your body; it will help you find the right effort level for safe pregnancy exercise.
  2. Women who exercised hard before pregnancy can likely continue to do so during pregnancy without trouble, but competitive athletes should talk to their obstetrician about their pregnancy fitness goals, and may require monitoring.
  3. Even if you weren’t much of an exerciser before pregnancy, there’s no time like the present.
  4. If you’re not a fan of the treadmill or weight room, consider water aerobics or yoga!
  5. It’s a good idea to run your exercise and activity plans by your obstetrician to make sure they’re safe.
  6. If anything unusual or concerning happens during or after a workout, call your OB.

You can read the whole article here on What To Expect.


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