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What are the elements of a good exercise routine in pregnancy?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Low impact and fun: Aim to maintain fitness, not set records. Go for 30-45 minutes with a target hr or 140-150. Walking, on an incline treadmill or in a hilly area, provides an excellent workout, and is easy on the joints. Avoid getting overheated and stay hydrated; this may mean going indoors, especially here in texas! consider signing up for a water aerobics class or swimming. Prenatal yoga also a good choice.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
OB specific..: This depends on a variety of factors (pregnancy stage, your age, coexisting conditions, general health, philosophy of your ob). Developing a relationship with her/him to track your progress together is advisable. This is a 3-way partnership, after all..Mother, baby, ob. Really.

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Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Cardiovascular: Cardiovascular exercise is good overall exercise for anytime. Like with any exercise program, start slowly and proceed with care. If you already exercise, you can usually continue with those provided they are not contact sports. Otherwise resistance training, aerobics, walking are usually fine. I recommend seeing your OB for more detailed information that is tailored to you. Go in good health.

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