We are often asked how much exercise is appropriate and safe during pregnancy—we have clients who wonder if they can take more than one of our classes a week, or if it’s okay for them to swim one day and take a Pilates class the next day.
Strength training during pregnancy has an easy scale for measuring how hard is too hard. If you need to strain or grunt to lift your load, it’s too heavy.
Flexibility exercises during pregnancy shouldn’t cause pain, so stop if something hurts. (During relaxation exercises, if you fall asleep you’ve gone too far.)
Please, please don’t do ANY high impact exercise like running, and NO stomach exercise AT ALL, when you are pregnant. You have a much greater chance of miscarrying if you do. You are pregnant, and are not meant to do too much accordingly!
Your body lets you know when you’re pushing it too hard. Here are some things to watch out for:
1. Decreased fetal movement
4. Heart palpitations
5. Swelling in your calf
6. Vaginal bleeding
7. Blurred vision
9. Recurring pain in abdomen or chest
10. Fluid leaking from your vagina