Living LifeWise: Debunking 4 Common Pregnancy and Exercise Myths

This post was originally published on Actively Northwest.

Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Dana Robertson Halter.


Your body changes by the second. You re deliriously happy one moment and snapping at a friendly co-worker the next. You want to be healthy and active, but exercise sounds about as appealing as that trash can your significant other keeps forgetting to empty. Plus, it s hard to know what you should and shouldn t do when it comes to working out. Here s some advice to help you separate the facts from the myths on exercising during pregnancy.
Myth #1: Don t let your heart rate go above 140.
Fact: Everybody s different. 140 is race pace for some people and trotting to the kitchen for others. You can still break a sweat while you re pregnant just listen to your body and don t overdo it.
Myth #2: If you exercise too much while you re pregnant, your baby won t grow properly.
Fact: I competed in a running relay when I was pregnant with my second child and panicked afterwards that I d done too much. My doctor reminded me that our bodies are designed to provide for baby first and mom second. That baby was a week early and almost 9 pounds, so I m pretty sure my workouts didn t stunt her growth.
Myth #3: You can t start a new exercise routine while you re pregnant.
Fact: Even if you haven t been very active before getting pregnant, studies show that exercising while you are pregnant decreases back pain, keeps the pounds from piling on, helps you sleep and eases delivery. I wouldn t recommend training for a marathon if you ve never run before, but starting a new workout routine will benefit both you and your baby.
Myth #4: You can t run while you re pregnant.
Fact: If you were a runner before you got pregnant, you can continue running although you ll notice that you slow down as your pregnancy progresses. I ran until I was 8 months pregnant (and got really good at ignoring the concerned looks from passers-by).
Despite the thousands of books and experts ready to give unsolicited advice, one thing is for certain: staying active during your pregnancy is good for you and your baby. So be smart, hit the gym or the streets in your neighborhood and get moving for a healthy, active pregnancy.


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