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    Ever seen a pregnant woman at the gym?

    In the last ten years or so I maybe have seen 2 or 3 pregnant women at the gym. One of them is a good friend of mine whose yoga poses at 38 weeks would put most of us to shame on our best days. This brings up a question, is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

    The short answer is yes it is! Moderate exercise is not only generally safe (please consult with your Doctor to make sure you have no conditions that would make it unsafe for you) it is recommended during pregnancy. Not only will working out help you feel less tired, it can minimize pregnancy discomforts during the last trimester. Although you may feel tempted to live on your couch, it is best to get up and get moving!

    If you were in good physical shape before your pregnancy, you can maintain your workout regiment, within reason. Make sure your heart rate does not exceed 140 and avoid high intensity aerobics and lifting heavy weights. Do not hold your breath during any exercises and avoid anything involving extensive jogging or bouncing. You should also stay away from exercises involving full sit-ups, double leg raises and waist twisting movements. Don’t overdo it, if you feel very tired or dizzy, stop!

    The safest workouts during pregnancy are walking, swimming, elliptical machines, yoga and Pilates (do not lay on your stomach or your back!). If you are into jogging, it may be safe for you to maintain the workout, with your doctor’s approval. If you have a medical condition, such as asthma, history of premature birth, diabetes, or others, working out may not be safe for you. Talk to your doctor before working out.

    Working out during your pregnancy will not only make you feel better, it will make you stronger and may make your labor easier. In addition, keeping in shape will help you loose that baby weight much faster than dieting alone. So get off that couch and get to the gym!

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    Victoria Mostov

    Victoria Mostov

    Victoria Mostov received her BA in Psychology from UCLA in 2002. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Victoria received her MBA from the prestigious Kellstadt School of Business at DePaul University. She has 14 years of experience working in health care management and has been with Invia Fertility

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