Pregnancy and Exercise: Baby, Let’s move!

Tatiana Debique shares some great tips on exercise and pregnancy as a first-time mother just entering the second trimester of pregnancy. You can learn more on this subject at Mayo Clinic: Exercise and Pregnancy 

It’s a very exciting time for me and my family as I am now 20 weeks pregnant. Having a baby and a large family with children has been a lifelong goal for me.  Up until this moment, I’ve had to live vicariously through my twin sister who happens to be a mother of two beautiful boys.  I am super proud of her because she remained active throughout both, and has rebounded nicely.  Provided that you have the blessing of your health care provider, exercise during pregnancy provides many benefits:

  • Ease or prevent back pain and other discomforts
  • Boost your mood and energy levels
  • Help you sleep better
  • Prevent excess weight gain
  • Increase stamina and muscle strength

At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended on most days. Walking is a great way to start for beginners.  Personally, I have really enjoyed some of the group classes like Power Circuit and Zumba.  I still lift regularly and I enjoy taking our family dogs out for a walk.  No matter what you decide to do, please get clearance from your doctor before you begin.  This article from the Mayo Clinic provides some additional insight into all the issues you should consider.Mayo Clinic Article: Pregnancy & Exercise


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