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Maintaining an Exercise Regimen During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you may be afraid to keep up with your exercise program. However, exercise during pregnancy can actually be beneficial for you, and in turn, your unborn baby. This article will look at some advice for healthy exercise for both you and your baby.

If you were active and exercised regularly before pregnancy, you can keep it up even after you are pregnant. However, it is normal, natural, and healthy to gain weight while you are pregnant, so it is not a good idea to exercise to lose weight while with child. Also, if you hardly exercised before your pregnancy, your body is not in its prime shape to pick up an extreme exercise regimen when you become pregnant.

However, because there are a number of benefits to exercise, you should not automatically give up and use pregnancy as your excuse to not participate in a little cardio. You just need to take it slowly, and build up your capacity for exercise. Of course, you can only build up to a certain point, as intense exercise in your later trimesters can be harmful.

Workouts that cause you to work up a sweat and make your heart work can be really helpful for a soon-to-be mother. Being in shape and having strong muscles can help you have an easier delivery and aids you in getting your pre-baby body back faster once you have your child. Before the birth, exercise can help ease your constipation, give you a glowing look, keep your joints lubricated, increase your energy level, and help your body aches.

Although there are all of these benefits to exercise, you should listen to your body and your doctor if they is telling you that exercise is not right for you. Things such as high blood pressure, false contractions, spotting, and ruptures of your amniotic fluid are signs that you should stop exercising and contact your doctor.

There are a number of activities out there that can help a pregnant woman stay in shape and healthy during her term. Cardio is a great option, but you should try to avoid bouncing. Thus, many women turn to swimming, yoga, pilates, and walking. If you were an avid runner pre-pregnancy, you may be able to keep up your habit, at least in moderation and for a little while. Walking is a good alternative to running as well. Swimming helps a woman feel light and more graceful because it induces a feeling of weightlessness.

Overall, when you are expecting a baby, you shouldn’t expect to completely stop your workouts, unless ordered by a doctor. Remember, moderation and safety is key to keeping both you and your unborn child healthy. Listen to your body, and dial back intensity as needed.

Sometimes, overexertion can lead to problems with your baby. If you asked your doctor about exercising while pregnant and he did not outline a safe program for you, leading to damage to your child, this may count as medical malpractice. For more information on birth injury law, contact Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, today.

Joseph Devine

Youth Sports Safety Month Tips for Teenagers Beginning a Fitness Regimen

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

The average teenager’s schedule is filled by juggling school, work, post-high school plans, family life, dating, friends and studying. It doesn’t leave much time for physical fitness, but since one out of three kids in the United States is considered overweight or obese, health and wellness of teens is a topic that can’t be ignored. Not only will participating in fitness activities help teens maintain a healthy weight, it also combats stress and depression, boosts energy levels and builds confidence.

But getting teens on board the fitness train is only the first step – injury prevention education and preparation are also critical. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, more than 7.3 million high school students annually partake in physical fitness by participating in organized sports. And since, according to the Centers for Disease Control, high school athletics account for more than 2 million injuries annually, preventing traumatic injuries should be top of mind for all parents and active teens.

During April’s “Youth Sports Safety Month,” the Austin sports medicine team at Medicine in Motion has identified five essential habits that should be adopted by teenagers who are beginning to pursue a physically fit lifestyle:

1. Start small. All worthy accomplishments take time to achieve, and so does physical fitness. When teenagers begin, they shouldn’t expect massive results to happen overnight. Steady marked improvements are normal, however, when teens set reasonable goals and stick to their workout schedules. Setting smaller goals will allow participants to regularly meet and celebrate their achievements, reducing the likelihood of discouragement when larger goals aren’t rapidly attained.

2. Eat healthy. A lot of people, young and old, think that exercise is free pass to eat whatever they please. The most physically fit people know, however, that fitness is a whole body experience, including food consumption. People who start healthy eating habits in their teens are more likely to maintain those habits when they’re older, giving them a life-long fitness advantage. A few suggestions include: eat a daily healthy breakfast, cut down on processed foods, enjoy an endless amount of raw vegetables, consume lean proteins, and eat smaller meals five to six times per day.

3. Hydrate properly. The human body is, on average, made up of over 50% water. It’s an essential ingredient under normal circumstances, but when exercise and increased perspiration is involved, hydrating is even more crucial. Not only should a person drink water throughout their regular day, they should also stay reasonably hydrated during their workout. Remember that when thirst occurs, a person is already dehydrated, so keep a glass or bottle of water handy at all times.

4. Don’t skip on sleep. Teen bodies are still in flux, growing and changing – this requires a lot of sleep. When adding exercise into the mix, the body needs even more rest so it can properly repair and rebuild muscles. Teenagers should strive for at least eight hours of quality sleep every night.

5. Partner up. It’s easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed when tackling a new challenge like physical fitness, so find a friend, classmate or family member to join in the activity. Not only does the buddy system make the routines more enjoyable, partners have the advantage of being able to assist one another during difficult exercises and help each other maintain proper form to avoid injury.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at

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