Pregnancy Safety Guidelines
It's important to follow safety guidelines when beginning an exercise program during pregnancy, especially if you did not exercise regularly before becoming pregnant. Dr. Gerald DiLeo, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, recommends these helpful tips:
- Listen to your body and be aware of your limits.
- Drink plenty of water to stay properly hydrated.
- Monitor your heart rate and breathing. As a general rule, your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute while exercising. If you feel breathless—a common sensation during the first trimester—slow down or take a break.
- Avoid exercising at extreme altitudes or in hot, humid environments. Your body temperature affects the baby, and neither of you should become overheated.
- During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this can cause a drop in blood pressure.
While exercise alone is not a miracle cure, becoming happier and healthier during pregnancy is a way for you to get ready for the extraordinary event that lies ahead!