Do's and don'ts of exercising during pregnancy
A top 'do' is staying hydrated never mind the form of
exercise you do. Make sure you drink plenty of water
and avoid getting overheated as this will impact your
baby. Stop exercising if you find yourself becoming
uncomfortably warm. Now the other pointers in a gist:
• Stop the activity should any unusual symptoms appear.
• Exercise regularly e.g. 3 times a week instead
of intermittently and leave out competitive sports for
the time being.
• Note that maternal heart rate should not go
beyond 140 beats per minute.
• Do not perform any exercise on your back after
completing the fourth month of gestation or once you
are into your 2nd trimester as this can compromise your
baby's oxygen supply.
• Note that maternal core temperature should not
exceed 38°C or 100.4°F
• Avoid jerky, bouncy motions or any high impact
sport, contact exercise where balance is crucial.
• A regular exerciser will need to up her calories
to more than 300 which is what an average pregnant woman
adds to her diet.
• Finally always include a warm up and a cool