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How to Exercise Safely

  • Start your aerobics program slowly, and build up gradually.
  • Warm up and cool down for five minutes before and after aerobic exercise.
  • Breathe as normally as possible while exercising. If you feel short of breath, stop or decrease the intensity or length of your workout.
  • Don’t become overheated. You shouldn’t exercise so intensely that you couldn't carry on a conversation.
  • Be careful if you exercise hard, particularly in hot, humid weather.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay out of the sauna or hot tub. Their use can increase the risk of some birth defects.
  • Listen to your body. Pain or fatigue is a sign to slow down or stop. Never strain.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if any of the following occurs: bleeding or leaking of fluid from the vagina, dizziness, excessive shortness of breath, substantial rise in heart rate, contractions that last several hours after exercise, feeling faint, having difficulty walking.

How to Get Into the Exercise Habit

  • Set aside a time and place that fit your schedule.
  • Exercise on padded carpeting or a mat.
  • Be sure you have room to move about freely.
  • Wear loose clothing or a leotard. A supportive bra and well-made rubber-soled shoes can make exercise safer and more comfortable.
  • Continue your regimen after the birth of your baby. Check with your healthcare provider about when it’s safe to resume exercise.
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