What kinds of aerobic activity are best for pregnant woman who are active by nature?
Delon Nelson (New York, NY) on Oct 3, 2011
All aerobic activities are good for pregnant women but safety must be taken into account first! Once you have clearance from your physician to take part in exercise, then you can continue doing what you have been doing before you got pregnant. If you were not exercising before your pregnancy, we usually recommend you don't start a rigorous fitness program until after you give birth. Here are some safe aerobic activities: swimming, jogging, brisk walking, boxing, kickboxing, spinning, rowing and elliptical machines. Make sure the environment around you is clear of clutter and the surface on which you are working out on is a non-slip surface. You certainly don't want to fall. Wear light breathable clothing so you don't overheat. It's OK to get your heart rate elevated, but mind your core temperature. Enjoy sweating!
Joe Alagno (Orland Park, IL) on Oct 3, 2011
Walking works! Swimming and any other low impact aerobic exercise are great. Just make sure to not do anything too jarring or intense. This will depend on you as an individual, so make sure to follow your doctor's specific recommendations for your particular pregnancy. Anything that applies pressure to the lower back or abdomen can be stressful to your baby, so try and avoid these positions. Have a healthy day!
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Dec 10, 2011
When choosing aerobic exercises to do while you are pregnant, look for exercise that do not require bouncing, jumping or any thing that may cause you to become off balance. Examples of good exercises include walking, jogging, biking, and elliptical machines.
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Oct 20, 2011
As long as you have been active prior to your pregnancy and your doctor approves your exercise routine then you can do high impact aerobics. I have a friend that did sprint intervals all the way through her entire pregnancy. I have another friend that was a spinning instuctor that taught her class while pregnant. Every woman is different so I would strongly suggest that you check in with your doctor before and during your pregnancy.
Charles Bell (Knoxville, TN) on Oct 18, 2011
Pregnant woman can still exercise at a high intensity until 3 months before and after the birth. They may still need to shy away from weight bearing exercises but running and cardio exercises are encouraged for woman to stay in shape during this process.
Bill Ross (Littleton, CO) on Oct 17, 2011
You will always be ok with walking whether on a treadmill, outside or in a pool. A recumbent bike and sometimes and elliptical. Just remember as you move through your trimesters to avoid any ballistic movements. Such as running, hard bouncing, etc