Pregnancy and Exercise Myths** | Personal Training in Bellevue

Myth:  Exercise increases miscarriage rates. Though 10 – 20% of early pregnancies end in miscarriage, studies show no correlation between low to moderate intensity exercise and miscarriage.  Rather, fitness is a protective factor.

Myth:  During pregnancy a woman’s heart rate should never get above 130 – 140 beats per minute.  No one target heart rate is ideal for a woman.

Myth:  Exercise leads to dangerous overheating and dehydration.   Although overheating can be dangerous for fetal development, especially first trimester, the most important thing for a pregnant lady to remember is to stay hydrated!!

Myth:  Lifting weights is dangerous for mother and fetus.  Wrong! Stronger moms have shorter labors, fewer complications, less chance of preterm labor, and shorter hospital stays.

Myth:  Pregnant women shouldn’t start working out if they weren’t previously engage in an exercise program.  Healthy women can continue with a regular exercise program OR begin a new one, as long as modifications are made.  Just in:  regular exercise during pregnancy may actually program baby’s heart to resist cardio problems later in life!!

**Factoids courtesy of Idea Health and Fitness, Nov/Dec 2016

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