The Myths and Facts of Prenatal Fitness
FACT: ACSM states a healthy woman may continue with her regular exercise regimen or begin a new program during pregnancy. If you have not exercised prior, start slow and build up gradually. Consistency is most important. Exercise may also prevent gestational diabetes. Exercise has an insulin like effect on the muscles causing blood sugar levels to drop. 3-5% of pregnant women will get Gestational Diabetes. REGULAR exercise is one of the most important factors in prevention!
FACT: You might cut down the intensity, but you should remain consistent. It's important to continue at a similar RPE throughout the pregnancy.
FACT: ACOG recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily, 5 or more days per...more
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