Pregnancy Workout Myths

Pregnancy Workout Myths
November 22 20:45 2016

Engaging in sporting and physical exercise during pregnancy has always been a topic of debate; while some people shun it and urge pregnant women to cut down or stop exercising during pregnancy studies have been done that prove otherwise. In this article we will look at some of the common myths regarding exercise during pregnancy and try to discuss a bit why they remain just that, myths.


The target heart rate myth

By far the most common myth surrounding exercise during pregnancy is that of maintaining a target heart rate during physical and exercise activities. The myth says a heart rate of less that 140 beats per minute should be maintained the whole time during exercise, this myth holds no water and has no proven basis whatsoever and as such it remains just what it is, a myth.

However, experts do say that pregnant women should always clear with their doctor first before taking on new or extra exercise routines. This is especially true for people with a personal or family history of high-risk pregnancy like pre-eclampsia.


The Abdominal work during pregnancy myth

Abdominal work is pretty common among women and some pregnant women love it for its relaxing and feel good effects. The myth says that abdominal work is not safe for pregnancy but experts claim otherwise. They say that the abdominal region together with the pelvic floor should be strengthened during pregnancy as it has proved to help during labor and delivery. Abdominal work also help with returning to shape post pregnancy, it is one of the methods of avoiding post pregnancy stretch marks.

It is suggested that pregnant women avoid workout that require the use of their backs after the 1st trimester of pregnancy has passed. As such, the following abdominal work would be safe and beneficial:

  • Gentle standing pelvic tilts
  • Seated belly breathing
  • Tightening abs, holding, then releasing


The exercise will pull nutrient from my baby myth

Another popular myth about exercising during pregnancy is that too much exercise can pull nutrients away from the baby and prevent it from growing properly. Well, the reality is that the baby will get whatever nutrient they need regardless of whether you exercise excessively or not. If you are low on nutrient the baby will take from your own nutrient store, it will never ne shy of nutrients unless your nutrient stores are completely used up, at that stage your own health is probably in danger too but you can not get to such a sate just by exercising.

It is recommended that you keep well-balanced blood sugar levels during any kind of exercise by eating small but frequent meals during pregnancy.


The do not start exercising during pregnancy if you where not exercising before myth

Many people think if they have never exercised before pregnancy, now is not the time to start. But that is not necessarily true. Of course you cannot wake up just like that and become a super exercise freak but you do not have to be confined to your bed or couch all the time either. You can introduce light exercise to your schedule, starting by daily walks or engaging in swimming. Such exercise can do great for your pregnant body and condition it for labor and delivery.


The spotting and pain means stop exercise myth

While signs of pain, spotting, lightheadedness, nausea or dizziness are all reasons to stop exercising immediately, it does not mean you have to stop exercising complete or for good. It simply means you have to go visit your doctor so he or she can check you out to find out what is going on. The doctor will advice you on how to move forward but be sure to explain everything including the type of exercise and duration.


In general, exercise and workout during pregnancy comes highly recommend by doctors and health personnel. As long as it is done responsibly there should be no problem at all and most of the myths you hear are just myths.




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