Questions often arise during pregnancy, even in the first trimester, about whether or not it’s okay or safe to exercise. And the good news is that exercise is generally encouraged!
The rule of thumb seems to be that if you were physically active prior to becoming pregnant, you should be okay to continue exercising throughout the pregnancy. be it weight lifting, running, spin class, Zumba, etc. You just need to listen to your body: Rest when your body asks for rest, and give yourself some grace if you find yourself fatigued more quickly than you used to.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most if not all days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication. Here are some pregnancy-related concerns you should discuss with your OB before beginning/continuing an exercise regimen:
History of premature births or early labor
Threatened or recurrent miscarriage
You should consult with your OB if you have questions about specific exercises, as they will be much more familiar with your body and whatever limitations there may be.
So what are the benefits to exercising during pregnancy?
Being active during your pregnancy can have many positive effects on you not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Exercise is a great way to manage stress, help you sleep better and improve your mood. It may also help with decreasing backaches, improving posture, preparing your body for the rigors of labor and delivery, and there’s even evidence that exercise may help prevent developing gestational diabetes.
So keep calm and exercise on!