Your Questions Answered- Fitness

1. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

2. When do I start exercising once I know I am pregnant??

3. Signs/ discomforts to look for during the workout routine?

4. What are the different types of physical activities that I can attempt?

5. Does workout routines change as I move from one trimester to the next?

 

1. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

It is absolutely safe to exercise during pregnancy if you have no medical complications. However, do not start any exercise routine without prior consent from your care provider.

With consent of your care provider you can start/continue exercise at any time of pregnancy. However, in the event of a medical complication/ injury/ illness, please consult your care provider ASAP.

If you experience the following, stop exercising and consult your care provider:

  • Dizziness/ Faintness
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Leaking of vaginal fluid
  • Calf pain or swelling
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Uterine contractions
  • Decreased fetal movement

The various physical activities that can be attempted are walking, yoga, swimming and pilates. Low-intensity aerobics can also be an option if performed under supervision of a qualified trainer.

Your body changes internally and externally as you progress from one trimester to the next. Your workout routine will be modified in order to adapt to the internal changes. For example, you will not be performing balancing exercises in the third trimester as your growing belly changes the centre of gravity within the body leading to risk of falling.