Exercise No-Nos When You're Pregnant
Making Exercise Modifications
If your favorite sport appears on the list of no-nos, you may be able to continue, within reason. Talk with your doctor about ways to modify your exercise so it's safe for your baby. Here are a few suggestions:
Less intensity. Instead of sprinting around the track, go for a light jog. Instead of hot yoga, look for a prenatal yoga class.
Shorten your workout. As your pregnancy progresses, you may find yourself tiring out more quickly. If all you can handle is a 10-minute walk, plan a couple of brief jaunts throughout the day.
Shift your weight. Roll up a towel and put it under one side of your back so you can keep the blood flowing to your legs while you stretch.
Use lighter weights. More repetitions with lighter weights can keep your muscles strong without hurting your joints.
There are many ways to exercise during pregnancy without risking your baby's health. Before you head out to the gym or field, be sure to talk with your doctor first.