Do Not Be Afraid of Exercise During Pregnancy

By | 26 March 2021

Do not be afraid of exercise during pregnancy

Exercise is an important part of a healthy life and can be applied in pregnancy by following certain rules. In addition to contributing to the better functioning of your circulatory and respiratory system, exercise during pregnancy helps you feel better, gain weight within appropriate limits, increase your self-confidence, feel positive emotions, and reduce sleep problems and back and back pain; corrects body disorders.

The American Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ASOG), the largest national organization, has published new exercise guidelines for women during and after pregnancy. According to the updated recommendations published in December 2015, it has been deemed appropriate for women experiencing uncomplicated pregnancy to be encouraged to participate in regular strength balancing exercises such as Prenatal Pilates and aerobic activities such as BumpBarreTM during and after pregnancy because physical activity during pregnancy is less risky and benefits in most women but normal anatomical Regular physical activity provides physical fitness, helps the development of the body and weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, reduces the likelihood of preeclampsia, cesarean and operative vaginal delivery, and increases psychological well-being. ASOG reports that it is strictly forbidden to exercise during pregnancy, but there are some situations, such as:

Exercising is strictly prohibited for pregnant women with heart and lung disease, cervical insufficiency, premature birth history, patients diagnosed with placenta previa, preeclampsia, and severe anemia.

However, the committee says that “bed rest is not effective in preventing preterm labor” and should not be routinely recommended because patients who are recommended prolonged bed rest or physical restraint are at risk of venous thromboembolism, bone demineralization, and deconditioning. Although often recommended, bed rest is only rarely required and, in most cases, allowing movement should be considered.

According to the published guidelines of ASOG, pregnant women with other mild complications such as Type 1 diabetes, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, intrauterine growth disorder can exercise with certain restrictions, but all exercise in these situations should be personalized (Special for these women using Reformer or other Pilates equipment. or individualized exercise routines such as light Pilates sessions are recommended)

Before planning the exercise, the patient should be evaluated in detail by the obstetrician, if there is no medical obstacle, the appropriate exercise type should be selected and the exercise should be started.

There are some important points to consider during exercise:

  1. Attention should be paid to adequate calorie intake with proper hydration because we can say that there is information about the increase in uterine congestions due to dehydration and the threat of preterm labor.
  2. During exercise, you should wear comfortable, relaxing clothes and avoid high temperature and humidity to prevent heat build-up.
  3. Also, pregnant women should avoid exercises that require prolonged and specific sedentary yoga positions by standing straight.

Exercise should be discontinued and a doctor should be consulted if:

Sudden-onset abdominal pain, uterine contractions, stopping baby movements and not returning despite adequate rest, bleeding, dizziness, visual disturbances, shortness of breath, palpitations, tachycardia not returning to normal with rest, severe trouble, pubic area (pelvic region). pain and difficulty walking.

The postpartum period is an opportunity for obstetricians and other obstetric care providers to initiate, recommend and strengthen a healthy lifestyle.

ASOG also emphasized the importance of postnatal exercise;. Some reports show that the level of participation in exercise programs decreases after birth, which often leads to overweight and obesity. Breastfeeding mothers can participate in regular exercise programs without fear of affecting milk formation or infant growth. Fitness programs and Postnatal Pilates consider the most suitable option for new mothers

As a result, although pregnancy is associated with significant anatomical and physiological changes, exercise has minimal risks, but its benefit has been demonstrated more in most women. if

If you are having a pregnancy without complications, do not neglect to participate in physical activities before, during, and after pregnancy.