Pregnancy and Exercise

Obstetrician Marietta GA

Pregnancy brings forth many different changes to a woman’s body, most of which occur quite quickly in just nine months’ time. One of the most noticeable is the weight gain that begins somewhere around the end of the first trimester. While weight gain is normal – and necessary – pregnancy is not simply an excuse to sit back and pack on the pounds. In fact, unless you have been put on bed rest or are experiencing complications with your pregnancy, these nine months are a great time to be active.

Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits for the body. Included are:

  • Prevention of excess weight gain
  • Prevention of bloating and swelling
  • Reduction of backaches and constipation
  • Better sleep
  • Promote muscle tone
  • Build up your strength and endurance – which you are likely to need during labor
  • Help reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
  • It makes you feel better, boosting your mood and energy levels

If you were not regularly active before you became pregnant, pregnancy is not the time to train for a marathon! However, walking is the safest and best exercise there is. Whether you live in a warm climate or a cold climate, dress appropriately, grab some water and walking shoes, and head outdoors. Walking provides moderate aerobic conditioning with minimal stress on the joints, and it is a great method of exercise to do with a partner.

Regular exercise can help you cope with the many changes that are occurring to your body as your pregnancy continues. It is important to listen to your body and watch for any signs of stress. Any signs of vaginal bleeding, uterine contractions, imbalance, dizziness, or other questionable occurrences should be brought to your OB’s attention right away.

Most women find that exercising during pregnancy helps them feel better about their bodies and more at ease with pregnancy. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. we encourage our patients to take care of themselves from the inside out. Please call with any questions before you begin any new exercise routine.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.