Friday, 22 January 2010 12:01
Exercise for pregnant women has been a controversial issue in the past, but no longer. Research once again agrees that pregnant moms should engage in low to moderate levels of exercise every day of the week. As recently as the 1990’s, some doctors were still recommending that moms-to-be refrain from exercise out of concern for the unborn baby. After considerable study, current research has documented that pregnant women who exercise have decreased their aches and pains, improved their mood, decreased swelling and lowered their blood pressure, all without any negative effects on the fetus. Swimming and cycling were found to be the best exercises for late-term women. Even those who did not exercise before getting pregnant are encouraged to start once receiving the results of their pregnancy tests. As usual, an evaluation by your healthcare provider is recommended before beginning any exercise program.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #24.
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