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Exercising While Pregnant: How Much Is Too Much?
In the past six months, we've seen several pregnant women -- including a ballerina, a CrossFitter and a marathon runner called out in the media for continuing their strenuous exercise regimens. So how much exercise is too much when you're expecting?
The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
There's long been documentation that exercise during pregnancy has its benefits. Paul Sorace, MS, Fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners and a teacher at the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, lists the following:
- Decreased risk of gestational diabetes & long-term obesity
- Control of gestational diabetes
- Improved energy levels
- Improved posture Improved muscle tone, strength, endurance
- Possible faster delivery
- Enhanced recovery from childbirth
- Reduced backaches
- Reduced bloating and swelling
So the short answer is: yes, exercise during pregnancy is good. Which types and how strenuous they should be is the real question.
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