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What can i do and what should i avoid when exercising while pregnant?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
IF fit-2 main things: Being involved in a fitness activity is a consideration for pregnant women in stable health with no complications who have time and want to exercise (beyond normal activity). However, even they should always follow these key rules: 1 ask their most experienced OB providers what can be done now and ask again at every visit and with each new diagnosis or problem 2 avoid lying flat on the back & pain.
Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Common sense: Remember to keep your heart rate 140 BPM or below, and to do activities only in moderation.
Dr. Mark Perloe
Dr. Mark Perloe commented
Fertility Medicine 45 years experience
If you find you are getting a lot of burning in the muscle, you are likely getting a buildup of lactic acid. I usually recommend stopping for two minutes if the muscles get sore and then trying again. Maximum heart rate is 220 - YOUR AGE. I suggest exercise at 70-80% of that.
Feb 14, 2012

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