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Dedicated gym-goers may wonder how their workouts will change during pregnancy. While keeping a regular exercise routine when expecting is important for staying fit, you will have to make some adjustments to accommodate your changing body.

Your doctor may advise you to avoid lifting heavy objects, but do not worry - there are many ways to modify your workouts. You want to protect your growing bump, after all!

Many trainers recommend strength training.

During pregnancy, the muscles that meet in the middle of your stomach stretch to create space for a growing uterus. Diastasis recti (DR) is common in pregnancies. This is when the rectus abdominis separates.

DR can also be caused by incorrect heavy lifting or performing unsafe or excessive abdominal exercises. This includes moves that require you to lie on your belly after the first trimester.

While expecting, the placenta produces a hormone called relaxin, which loosens your joints and ligaments in preparation for delivery. Its purpose is to relax the uterus while making your abdominal muscled more flexible.

Regular exercise can help you to cope with the physical changes of pregnancy and help you to feel your best during this special time. Always listen to your body and ask your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.

For more information: Dr Damian Delhomme, OB/Gyn 337.256.8779

Content is for informational and educational purposes only and should not be a substitute for personal professional medical advice or personal consultation with healthcare professionals.

Pregnancy Fitness

Feb 2, 2023

Iberia Medical Center

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