What kinds of exercise and
It's recommended that you do some type of moderate exercise
for half an hour or more on most days, or every day of
the week, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
Walking is a safe and effective way to start and like all exercise, has
some emotional as well as physical benefits.
If you were physically active before your pregnancy,
you should be able to continue your same activities
but in more moderation and with less intensity.
For example, low impact versus high impact (anything where jumping is
involved) aerobics and walking versus running are recommended.
Swimming is also a low impact exercise.
You might also want to consider indoor stationary cycling
and step or elliptical machines.
What makes all of it easier is that the Riverside Wellness
and Fitness Centers—on the Peninsula and
in Gloucester—offer fitness equipment, instruction and programs,
as well as group exercises geared
to the needs of pregnant women
and your specific
needs. For more information call (757) 875-7533
(Peninsula) or (804) 693-8888 (Gloucester).
What exercises should you avoid?
Keep in Mind: If you have an existing medical
problem, including diabetes, heart disease or
asthma or if you have certain pregnancy-related
conditions, most forms of otherwise recommended
exercise could do more harm than good. Be sure
to talk with your doctor before starting out on any
- Anything that requires holding your breath
- Activities where falling is likely or possible
(skiing, cycling, horseback riding)
- Anything that includes jumping, jarring motions
- Deep knee bend, double leg raises, full sit-ups,
waist twisting (while standing)
- Anything outside in hot, humid weather (and
when you live in southeastern Virginia, you know
what hot and humid means!)