Have a Ball! Using an Exercise Ball for Pregnancy Fitness
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!
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