Pregnancy might mean extra indulgence when it comes to sweet treats and cravings, but it's still important to stay active when you're expecting. That doesn't mean lacing up your sneakers and hitting the track for 100-meter sprints, though! Test your exercise smarts with this quiz.
The most important reasons to exercise during pregnancy are:
It helps you lose weight, show later and give birth to a slim baby.
It can reduce heartburn, prevent bloating and lower the need for supplementary iron.
It helps to keep you healthy and strong, raise your mood and reduce stress.
The ideal heart rate for an exercising pregnant woman is around:
70-80 beats per minute
110-120 beats per minutes
150-160 beats per minute
A healthy exercise frequency for a pregnant woman is:
No more than once a week
Four to five times per week
At least twice a day
Examples of types of exercise to avoid when pregnant include:
Hot yoga and water skiing
Swimming and ayurvedic yoga
Low-altitude hiking and water aerobics
Conditions that might make vigorous exercise dangerous for a pregnant woman include:
Preeclampsia and regular vaginal bleeding
Morning sickness and heartburn
Depression and round ligament pain
A pregnant woman risks complications if she sustains a body temperature of:
Above 98.6 degrees F (37 degrees C)
Above 102.5 degrees F (39.2 degrees C)
Above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)
A woman's heart rate is affected by pregnancy because:
Pregnancy can contribute to mild clogging of the arteries.
Her love capacity is in the process of increasing.
The heart is working harder to pump extra blood.
If a pregnant woman starts to feel faint during exercise, she should:
Rest for 30 seconds.
Keep going for at least seven minutes.
In the third trimester, a pregnant woman should avoid exercise that involves:
Lying on her back
A balance ball
If a pregnant woman did not have an exercise routine prior to pregnancy, she should: