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Can You Exercise and Still Safely Conceive?

If you exercise regularly even doing activities such as jogging and high impact aerobics you won't hurt your chances of conceiving, or increase your risk of having a miscarriage. If you've been exercising regularly at the same intensity for at least six months before conception, you don't need to worry. In fact, there are many benefits to exercising before conception and during pregnancy. Regular exercise can result in:

  1. a pregnancy with less complications and fewer pregnancy symptoms such as swelling and backaches
  2. quicker, smoother labors with less chance of induction.
  3. getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight much sooner than women who don't exercise.
  4. keeping your weight gain in control during your pregnancy, and reduced weight gain as compared to women who don't follow an exercise regimen.
  5. fewer mood swings and sleep problems.

Want some advice?

  1. Don't rush your exercise program. If you haven't exercised in awhile, you must be careful not to injure yourself. Begin with even five or ten minutes per day, and work your way up to fifteen minutes, and then half an hour.
  2. Try to keep an exercise schedule. You should aim for about 30 minutes at least three times a week.
  3. Never start exercising without warming up and doing proper stretches first. Allow yourself a cool down period at the end of your exercise routine. Remember that while you're pregnant, you can be injured more easily. It may feel fine in fact, you may feel more flexible, but your body is producing hormones that relax your joints and make them more susceptible to injury. Avoid bouncing or jerky movements during exercise.
  4. Stay hydrated before, during and after your exercise. Especially after you workout, you need to replenish the fluids that you've lost during exercise.
  5. Always pay attention to how you're feeling. If you begin feeling dizzy or faint, stop exercising right away. If you notice cramping or bleeding, call your doctor.
  6. As your pregnancy progresses, you'll have to tailor your workouts for your growing body. As you enter your third trimester, low impact workouts like water aerobics or yoga will be more suitable than jogging or aerobics.

Some extras that will help you with your workout:

  1. Motivating workout tunes
  2. A water bottle and towel
  3. Comfortable workout clothing, including shoes with good support

With the proper precautions, you can incorporate a great exercise routine into your pregnancy fitness!


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