Exercising During Pregnancy

Deanne Stein Health Guide
  • I just returned from to work after taking a nice Spring Break week off with my son.  The trip was nice for the most part.  I visited a lot of family over Easter, but I was still plagued with bouts of my morning sickness.  That made the plane ride home extra comfortable.  But, the good news is, the sickness isn’t constant anymore.  It is tapering off.

     

    This week has been the best so far.  I feel a little sick in the evenings after dinner, but no more vomiting!!  I’ve also had some better days with my fatigue.  Some days I feel really energized.  I’m now in my second trimester, so I’m hoping to get back into an exercise regime.  I feel like such a slob from lying around the last two months.  But when you feel like throwing up all the time, the last thing you want to do is get on a treadmill.

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    I’ve been checking into some different type of exercises I’ve never tried.  Water aerobics and yoga are two classes I’m going to try next week.  The classes are offered through my gym at no extra charge.  I’ve talked with several other moms-to-be and they say the classes have helped them tremendously, with everything from fatigue to muscle aches.  Exercise during pregnancy is supposed to help you have an easier delivery.  We’ll see.  I sure hope so.

     

    The benefit of working out in the water is that it provides buoyancy and makes you feel lighter with less stress on the body.  I read that a 120-pound woman can feel like she 12 pounds in the water.  This will help, especially as my weight continues to increase.  Some women even say water aerobics help ease their morning sickness, decrease chances of varicose veins in the legs, and reduce swelling of the ankles and feet.  The resistance of the water helps you tone and increase your strength.  My doctor told me working out at least 20 minutes a day, three times a week would give me the most benefit.

     

    Water therapy is also good for people with other types of injuries or conditions.  Types of conditions include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankle and leg sprains, fibromyalgia, and back and muscle strains.  Following my stroke, I had a lot of issues with balance.  While I only used land therapy to help regain my strength, some people use pool therapy.

     

    Patients begin therapy in a pool, which can be a safe place to start balance training.  It’s especially good for patients with complaints of unsteadiness or others who have fallen due to poor balance.  The water supports and protects patients from falls as they work on balance exercises such as slow marching, step/curbs, and single-leg standing.  As strength improves, patients can then move on to a land gym.  But always check with your doctor before starting a workout or therapy.

Published On: April 26, 2007