Going through a pregnancy is no reason to give up on your
fitness routine, doctors advise. According to NBC News, the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists (ACOG) sent out guidelines to doctors encouraging them to remind
expectant mothers to continue to be mindful of their fitness routines
throughout their pregnancies.
"Pregnancy should not be looked at as a state of
confinement," added Dr. Raul Artal, chairman emeritus of obstetrics and
gynecology at St. Louis University, who led the guidelines team. "In fact,
it is an ideal time for lifestyle modification. That is because more than any
other time in her life, a pregnant woman has the most available access to
medical care and supervision."
advise jogging and yoga as safe ways to maintain good health while
According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly half of all
women gain too much weight during their pregnancies, which may lead to health issues that could impact women for the rest of their
Overweight pregnant women may suffer stress from heart
problems, gestational diabetes and are more likely to need Cesarean sections.
Obesity during a pregnancy is linked to higher rates of miscarriage, premature
birth and babies with birth defects, the ACOG guidelines shared.
moms can reduce the stress of child-rearing by taking better care of their
health. The ACOG guidelines suggested continuing any exercise routines (with the
exception of contact sports, skiing and scuba diving). After the first
trimester, expectant moms are warned to avoid exercises that require them to
lay on their back.