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Pregnancy: Getting the OK to Exercise

Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

Pregnancy: Getting the OK to Exercise

Can you start exercising
for the first time when you're pregnant—even if you're totally out of shape?

Yes! In fact, studies report that beginners can safely reap the benefits from exercise as long as they take it easy, appropriately warm up and cool down, keep their heart rates within a safe range, and have appropriate supervision for at least the first few sessions. Naturally, fitness novices must get the okay from their docs before jumping in.

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Pregnancy Fitness

Exercise During Pregnancy

Staying active while pregnant

Pregnancy Fitness

Athletic activity is a regular part of many expectant mothers' lives. During pregnancy, physical fitness activities provided multiple benefits to body and mind: the enjoyment of the activity, better fitness and health, weight management, stress management, improved mood, and body benefits, including improved strength and decreased pain. Exercise can make labor easier, decrease back pain, and make child care less tiring.
Updated: December 2, 2021

First Trimester of Pregnancy: An Experts’ Guide

What to Expect in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester is the most critical time in your pregnancy. Although the fetus at the end of the first trimester is only about 4 inches long and weighs less than 1 ounce, your baby’s development is in full swing. Their major organs and nervous system, heartbeat, arms, fingers, legs, toes, hair, and buds for future teeth have begun to form, making it vital for mom to start right off the bat with a healthy pregnancy.

Updated: February 4, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to a Belly Only Pregnancy

How to Have a Belly-Only Pregnancy

For some women, the ideal pregnancy is belly-only. A belly-only pregnancy means gaining weight only in the belly while keeping your limbs and behind toned and fit. While a belly-only pregnancy may be possible for some women, what’s really important is that pregnant women strive for a healthy pregnancy.

Is a Belly-Only Pregnancy Possible?

Yes, a belly-only pregnancy is possible, and for someone already in great physical shape, a great goal, but don’t stress if you gain some extra pounds. Pregnancy weight gain is normal, expected, and healthy.

Digestive Problems During Pregnancy

Digestive Problems During Pregnancy

Constipation, hemorrhoids, indigestion, heartburn, flatulence and belching are all part of the fun of pregnancy. There's nothing to be embarrassed about here—it's a fact of life. Here's a breakdown of some of the issues you might experience.

More: Pooping and Pregnancy: a Step-by-Step Guide

Constipation

Most of the digestive problems of pregnancy begin with constipation. This condition is universally common in pregnant women for many reasons:

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Updated: March 11, 2022

The Best Postpartum Workouts for New Moms

Postpartum Exercise

After giving birth, many new moms want to get back to working out as quickly as possible to lose the baby weight. But you don’t want to rush into exercise after pregnancy because you could end up doing more harm than good. You not only have a little one to take care of now, but you also want to give your body time to heal. Any postpartum workout for a new mother should be doctor approved since every woman is going to be different post-pregnancy.

Abdominal Cramps During Pregnancy: What Do They Mean?

pregnant woman abdominal cramps

If you feel cramps in your abdomen (the area around your stomach), don't panic right away. Sometimes cramping is nothing more than a gentle reminder to take it easy, and at other times it might be a sign of digestive problems. Occasionally, though, cramping can be an emergency signal that says you need medical attention.

More: Labor Complications

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The Unwritten Rules of Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

The Unwritten Rules of Exercise and Pregnancy

In general, the rule of thumb is to use common sense when it comes to following an exercise regimen during pregnancy. First, make sure that you are in good physical health and that your doctor does not prohibit or limit your exercise for any reason (always check with a doctor first). Second, don't take up a new strenuous physical activity now that you're pregnant – for example, something that you've never done in the past. This is not the time to start new physical activities.

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Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

When OTC Medications Are Safe for You and Your Baby

Painkillers

Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy

Baby Talk

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are ones that can be bought without a prescription. They are all the preparations and remedies that fill the shelves in your local pharmacy.

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What to Expect When You're Three Months Pregnant

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This is a landmark month as you finish up your first trimester! By the end of this month, your baby will grow to more than three inches in length and almost one ounce, about the size and heft of a roll of Life Savers. His head accounts for one-third of his total length, and his tongue, salivary glands and taste buds have formed. You make first contact this month as you hear his heartbeat and perhaps even see him on ultrasound.

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Leg Exercises for Pregnant Women

Leg Exercises During Pregnancy

Leg Exercises for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy Facts

There is a myth that says if a pregnant woman lifts her arms over her head, the baby will get tangled in the umbilical cord. This is not true at all and should not keep you from reaching high when you exercise.

Leg exercises improve circulation and reduce swelling and cramping in the ankles and calves. Give these simple ones a try:

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Updated: December 19, 2021

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Heavy Lifting When Pregnant: Physical Labor and Safety

pregnant woman working at a physically strenuous job

Strenuous work environment

Women are tough and hard working, and their bodies can perform amazing feats; however, some jobs and tasks may be too physically strenuous for some pregnant women to continue. Too much lifting and standing could lead to preterm labor, low birth weight, ligament pain, decreased blood flow, and muscle strains like hernias.

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Get Set for Pregnancy: Prepare Your Body

Lifestyle Changes When Preparing Your Body for Pregnancy

Get Set for Pregnancy: Prepare Your Body

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If you get pregnant while taking birth control pills, don't worry that they will affect the health of your baby. Babies born to moms who were taking oral contraceptives at the time of conception are at no higher risk for birth defects than any other babies.

Like any other system in your body, the reproductive system needs to be in good shape to work properly. So before you plunge into pregnancy, take some time to get into top form.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

Sleep and Exercise Affect New Moms Differently Than New Dads

Sleep and Exercise Affect New Moms Differently Than New Dads

Sleep and exercise are probably two of the top things new moms and new dads wish they had time for. Of course, their focus is on their beautiful new baby, but that baby probably has them running on empty and getting very little sleep and time for themselves. Although both mom and dad may be craving sleep and time to exercise, a new research study shows that sleep and exercise affect new moms differently than new dads.