You’ve begun the surrogacy journey, and if you enjoy working out, you may be wondering how that will still be possible. Continuing physical activity during your pregnancy is not only safe but healthy. Exercise can help prevent headaches, stress and depression, tiredness, pelvic pain, constipation, cramps, and swollen feet.
If you were active and used to working out prior to being pregnant, you can continue what you’re doing; just consult with your doctor to make sure it isn’t too strenuous for pregnancy. If you are new to working out, start off slow. Walking is a great way to start and be active without being too stressful on your body. Other forms of exercise you can do during your first and second trimesters include yoga, light jogging, and weight training.
However, during your third trimester, you will have to start taking it a bit easier. Physical activities such as walking, gentle swimming, light cycling, and rowing are all great ways to continue working out without putting too much stress on your body or the baby.
Try to avoid exercises that involve sit-ups, stomach crunches, or contact sports.
Do’s and Don’ts
Be sure to keep yourself hydrated while working out. You should be drinking water before, during, and after your workouts.
Always listen to what your body is telling you. If anything feels uncomfortable, stop immediately. Be sure to let your body rest.
Take care of your feet! Wearing supportive shoes is important during your pregnancy. Wear clothes that allow for easy movement and allow your body to not get too hot.
Who should not exercise while pregnant?
While exercising while pregnant is safe for most women, there are some conditions where exercising is not a good idea. You shouldn’t exercise while pregnant with multiples or if you are experiencing other risk factors such as gestational hypertension or severe anemia. In some instances, your doctor may tell you that low-impact activities such as walking are still okay.
In the end, every pregnancy is different so again, consult with your doctor in advance to see what activities will and won’t be safe during your surrogacy journey.
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