30 or Older and Pregnant? Here's How to Stay Fit

Fitness tips for every level to help stave off extra pounds or problems during pregnancy (9 Photos)

Melissa F. Pheterson on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:44PM

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30 or Older and Pregnant? Here's How to Stay Fit

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Step Up Your Circulation

“Walking should be front and center of any fitness routine while pregnant,” says Kaehler. Challenge yourself by setting out with a pedometer and a stopwatch, aiming for one mile outdoors or on the treadmill. “This is a great way to recharge and promote healthy circulation in older moms.”

Beginner: Try to walk one mile in 20 minutes, three days a week.
Moderate: Try to walk one mile in 17 minutes, four days a week.
Advanced: Try to walk one mile in 15 minutes or less, six days a week.

What about running? “I wouldn’t recommend taking up running once you are pregnant,” says Kaehler. “If you were a runner before you got pregnant, you might be able to run safely and comfortably through your second trimester. Talk to your doctor and listen to your body.”

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