Fitness: Exercise During Pregnancy (cont.)
To summarize, exercise is safe, and even encouraged, during pregnancy, as
long as the exercise is sensible and the above precautions are heeded. In
fact, there are studies to suggest that exercise might even have a
beneficial effect on pregnancy outcomes, including shorter labors, fewer
abdominal deliveries, less discomfort during the pregnancy, and a decrease
in perceived exertion during labor. I recommend that you speak with your
doctor before starting to exercise, and if you already exercise, check with your doctor about how to continue through to your delivery. I also recommend the book
Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James Clapp, MD, as an excellent resource. Enjoy your workouts!
Take care, and thank you for your question.
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