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Exercise is good for everyone, including pregnant women. Whether you were physically active before pregnancy or are now looking to start exercising, with your doctor’s ok, you can get ready, get set and go!
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), Kino-Québec and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommend moderate physical activity to pregnant women undergoing a normal pregnancy. With good reason, since exercise has so many beneficial effects, including:
If you were not active before pregnancy, the SOGC recommends waiting until the 2nd trimester before starting a fitness program.
Mom is not the only one who can take advantage of the benefits associated with exercise. Her baby too will enjoy:
Other than getting the green light from your doctor, you also want to follow these precautionary measures when exercising during your pregnancy:
Be on the lookout for the following symptoms and, if you experience any of them, stop exercising and see your doctor as soon as possible:
Cardiovascular and strength training both have many advantages for pregnant women:
|Cardiovascular Training||Strength Training|
|Improved respiratory capacity||Better posture|
|Better oxygenation of the placenta||Reduced risk of back pain|
|Reduced risk of water retention||Lowered risk of urinary incontinence|
Walking, swimming, riding a stationary bike, aquafitness, aerobics without impact and strength training with weights or elastic bands are some of the safe activities pregnant women can enjoy, along with Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
To find the right muscles, picture the muscles you use when urinating or having a bowel movement.
The Active for Two brochure produced by Kino-Québec provides good examples of strength training and stretching exercises adapted for pregnant women. It also gives guidelines on the recommended length and frequency of various types of activities.
Need advice on pregnancy or breastfeeding? Speak with your family pharmacist. He or she can answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate resources in your community.
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