Are Treadmills Safe During Pregnancy?
When you become pregnant you may become overwhelmed with questions about your health and what is about to happen to your body. If prior to becoming pregnant you frequently hit the gym, you may be wondering what your future workouts are going to look like. These are all very common concerns but know there are plenty of safe ways to take care of your body and baby while pregnant. In fact, exercising on the treadmill throughout your pregnancy (with the approval of your doctor) can actually be beneficial for you both.
What Intensity Should I Stick to While Pregnant?
When pregnant and working out you may have to change your routine up a bit throughout the 9 months. When it comes to knowing where your limit is, max out at moderate. If you have more advanced athletic abilities, you may be able to withstand more than a woman with an average activity level. However, you should still limit your intensity. If you are looking for a more personalized advice on where to limit your exercising on the treadmill contact your OBGYN or doctor.
How Often Should I Workout?
If you are just starting out, stick to 3 times a week for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Try to take a rest day in-between each workout. This allows your body the chance to recover and relax. It is also suggested you have about a 5 minute warm up and cool down. While this is suggested even when you are not pregnant, it can be especially important when pregnant. By incorporating this into your workout you will be reducing your chances of injury.
Precautions to Take While on The Treadmill
There are a few main things to keep in mind while walking on a treadmill and pregnant. First, if you ever feel a bit unbalanced or feel like you are being thrown off a bit, hold onto the rails on each side for support. You should not be leaning on them or using them to support your weight, but having a hand on each side in case you were to lose your balance can prevent and health complications from arising for you or your baby.
When getting on and off the treadmill make sure you get on when it is at a complete stop. Then slowly start to increase speed. When you are done with your workout, completely stop the treadmill and then step off carefully. Make sure you do not misstep.
If you feel weak, dizzy, or even light headed stop your workout immediately. You may be pushing yourself too hard, have low blood sugar, or maybe did not drink enough water. End your workout and pick it up again in a few days. Also, when in doubt do not hesitate to contact your obstetrician.
A lot happens to your body during pregnancy. Making sure both you and your baby stay healthy can take many forms. This may include routine exercise, or it may require you to take a break from working out. Either way, try to listen to what your body needs and keep in close contact with your doctor.
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