Continuing exercise during pregnancy | pregnancy exercises

exercise during pregnancy

Usually miscarriage is right on top of the mind for most newly pregnant women in their first trimesters. And thanks to the propagation of old wives’ tales, most women believe that strenuous exercise could cause harm to the baby. Not true! Strenuous exercise won’t hurt your baby, but it could tire you more faster than before. A woman’s blood volume goes up by nearly 50% when she’s pregnant and so her heart has to work harder not just to push it all around but also make sure it feeds the placenta - the all important extra organ.

Does exercising during pregnancy feel different?

Shortness of breath is probably the main thing you’ll notice as the difference between your exercising before and during pregnancy. Pregnant women will likely feel out of breath more quickly than they used to. Don’t fret - this isn’t a sign that you're out of shape. This is because you’re breathing 20 - 25 % more air to improve the quality of air in your lungs. And your body is doing exactly as it should.

Can antenatal exercises help with pregnancy mood swings

Exercise has always shown to increase the release of the “happy hormones” - endorphins from the brain. And this is no less when you exercise during pregnancy too! With pregnancy hormones wreaking havoc in your brain chemicals, this might be exactly what the doctor ordered - to combat it with the good stuff.

When should stop my pregnancy exercises?

Consult your doctor if you have an onset of the following during or after exercising:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Light-headedness
  • Excessive nausea
  • Extreme headaches