Exercising during pregnancy is a great way to stay in shape and keep your body healthy for both you and your baby. Pregnant women are not supposed to lie down all day, relaxing by watching a movie or playing at PlayAmo.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women get at least 20 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 3–4 times a week during pregnancy – but only if needed by your doctor or health care provider.

It’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure your exercise routine is safe for both you and your growing baby. Here are 10 tips for safe exercise during pregnancy:

1. Get your doctor’s approval

This is the most important step you can take in ensuring your safety during pregnancy. Before you begin a new exercise routine, make sure to get your doctor’s approval. This is especially important if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or have complicated pregnancies.

2. Listen to your body

During pregnancy, your body will let you know when it’s time to slow down or take it easy. Don’t push yourself beyond what your body can or is willing to do. Listen to it and take things one step at a time.

3. Don’t do high impact activities

Avoid activities such as running, jumping, aerobics, and kickboxing during your pregnancy. High impact activities can put undue strain on your body and increase the risk of injury. Low impact activities such as walking, swimming, and stretching are much safer.

4. Stay hydrated

Make sure to stay well-hydrated before, during, and after your exercise routine. Drink plenty of water and electrolytes to replace what you sweat out during a workout. This will help you stay energized and provide vital nutrients to your baby.

5. Be mindful of your posture

Pregnant women often experience altered posture due to the extra weight they’re carrying. Be mindful of your posture while exercising and make sure to sit, stand, and move with good alignment.

6. Wear supportive clothing

Make sure to wear clothing that is comfortable and provides support for your growing belly. Look for clothing with a wide-waisted design to accommodate your changing body and be sure to wear shoes that provide adequate support for your feet and ankles.

7. Stay cool

Since your body temperature can increase easily during pregnancy, exercise in a cool, well-ventilated environment to avoid overheating. Take breaks regularly and monitor your body temperature to ensure that it does not exceed 100.4° F.

8. Avoid dangerous poses

Roughly 90% of the poses regularly used in yoga can still be done during pregnancy. But there are some poses that pose a risk to your unborn baby. Avoid poses that require balance on your hands and knees, abdominal twists, hot yoga, or poses where you lie on your back.

9. Be mindful of your heart rate

Exercise can cause your heart rate to increase. If you’re pregnant, it’s important to monitor your heart rate while exercising to ensure that it does not exceed 140 beats per minute.

10. Stop if you experience pain

If you experience sharp pain or any other discomfort while exercising, it’s important to stop and consult your doctor. Stopping exercise if you experience any pain is the safest thing for your baby.

Exercise can be a great way to keep your body strong, provide additional nutrients to your baby, and make pregnancy easier. By following these tips, you can stay safe and enjoy the benefits of exercise during pregnancy.

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