According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), regular exercise during pregnancy may provide many health benefits, including weight gain within acceptable margins and decreased risk of developing pregnancy-induced hypertension and gestational diabetes. It is imperative to know (and abide by) the contraindications and guidelines to exercise during pregnancy set forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Consulting and working with a knowledgeable trainer can ease your mind that these conditions are being met.
Here are just a couple of the many special considerations set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine: 1) Pregnant women should not participate in contact sports or activities where a loss of balance could occur. 2) Pregnant women should not exercise in the supine position after the first trimester, as blood flow may become compromised. Working with a trainer, in conjunction with an Obstetrician, can increase exercise safety for both mother and child.
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