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Exercise During Pregnancy

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 Did you know that exercise during pregnancy has been shown to improve mood, energy levels, cardiovascular function and fitness for labor and delivery? Exercise also decreases the risk of musculoskeletal pain, diabetes, high blood pressure and constipation during pregnancy. Women are often told that it is important to exercise during pregnancy, but may be unsure of which types of exercises, and at what intensities, are safe.



 The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends aerobic, low impact, strength training, modified yoga and pilates exercise. These recommendations are great general guidelines, however, each mom-to-be will have their own past medical history, prior fitness level and course of their current pregnancy. Symptoms such as: musculoskeletal pain, balance impairment, nerve compression, constipation, and incontinence can arise due to the weight of the growing baby and vast physical changes our bodies undergo during this 40 week period. A Pelvic Health Physical Therapist (PT) can evaluate clients and design a therapeutic exercise program that fits their needs. PTs monitor patient response to exercise and can modify as necessary to address specific concerns as they may present. 


 Each pregnancy is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to rehab or wellness. It is important to also note that women with conditions including high risk pregnancy should not exercise without clearance by their primary OB provider. Pelvic Health PTs can help answer questions related to safe exercise, while screening for medical/obstetric red flags to assist with communication and/or referral out for medical workup as needed.

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