Monday, November 14, 2011

Exercising for two

We get a supplement from a local hospital in our paper, and today it quoted Tiffany Weathers, MD, an OB-GYN with Banner Ironwood Physicians on exercising while preggers.

Generally, she says, if you are healthy, you can continue to exercise. It strengthens muscles for pushing and is especially helpful if you develop diabetes during gestation.

I walked a lot—I COULD walk a lot then, well, waddle… The hip ligaments open up and soften, so you sort of roll along.

If you have been exercising all along, you can continue—maybe not the marathon like that gal of a couple of weeks ago. Walking, yoga, light aerobics.

If you have any of these problems, ask the doctor:

Preterm labor in the past.

Vaginal bleeding.

Cervical problems.

Leaking of fluid.

Shortness of breath.

Dizziness or fainting.

Slowdown of baby movement.

High blood pressure.

Do not ride horses, waterski, scuba dive, ski at high altitudes, lie on your back a lot, work out hard in hot weather.

I have already heard hot tubs are not a good idea—you don’t want to cook the little guy or gal.

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