We are doing a 3 part guide of tips on how to exercise while pregnant. Each part will encompass one trimester. So this first guide is the ultimate guide for exercising during the first trimester of pregnancy. Stay tuned for the next two parts!
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The Ultimate Guide for Exercising During Pregnancy – the first trimester
Begin exercising 3-4 times per week during the first month if you don’t have any existing health problems.
Walking is a great place to start if you have not been active prior to your pregnancy.
Tip: If you regularly participate in exercises that could be dangerous, such as horseback riding, scuba diving, contact sports, gymnastics, skiing, or exercises that leave you out of breath, STOP doing these right away to avoid harm to you and your growing baby.
Light jogging/running is a good exercise for pregnant women to participate in as long as you aren’t pushing yourself too hard.
Tip: Talk to your doctor at your first appointment and make sure that your exercise plan meets his or her approval.
During the first 3 months you can incorporate zumba or another dance workout into your routine.
Your balance should not be thrown off too much at this point of the pregnancy.
Tip: Do not allow your body to overheat. This is especially important during the first 3 months of pregnancy while your baby is developing all of the major bodily structures. If it is too hot outside, adapt your workout to take place indoors.