By Dr. Kara Worley
Today, let’s explore staying active during pregnancy, and I’ll share tips for an amazing journey.
As an OBGYN, I often get questions about the benefits of staying fit while expecting, and I’m here to guide you every step of the way. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists , aiming for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is a game-changer. Break it down into 30-minute sessions, five days a week, tailored to your pregnancy progression.
Now, let’s talk about the rockstar benefits of prenatal exercise:
- Lower Risk: Regular prenatal exercise significantly reduces the chances of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and the need for C-sections. This proactive approach leads to a smoother and safer birthing experience.
- Manage Weight: Goodbye to excessive pregnancy weight gain and postpartum pounds. Prenatal exercise helps manage weight gain within recommended limits, promoting better outcomes for you and your baby.
- Boost Mood: Exercise is a natural mood enhancer, fending off feelings of depression and anxiety that can accompany pregnancy.
- Skyrocket Energy: Combat fatigue and embrace your inner supermom with prenatal exercises that boost vitality, leaving you better equipped to navigate pregnancy demands.
I always tell my patients to get those small beads of sweat on their upper lip!
Wondering what types of exercises are pregnancy-approved? Think walking, swimming, stationary biking, prenatal yoga, and modified strength training. Steer clear of contact sports, high-risk activities, or overdoing cardio. Hydration and avoiding overheating are absolute musts.
Here’s my golden nuggeo of advice: find an exercise routine you genuinely enjoy and follow a consistent schedule. Always keep the lines of communication open with your healthcare provider, and, most importantly, listen to your body. Our goal is a healthy and fit pregnancy, not exhaustion.
Cheers to your well-being!
Dr. Kara Worley is an OBGYN who sees patients in Hot Springs, Arkadelphia, and Malvern for clinic appointments. Call 888-710-8220 for information or to schedule.