The First Trimester of your pregnancy is a big adventure. It can be overwhelming and scary. The changes that you know are coming to your body – the fatigue or the morning sickness that you’ve heard you might experience are daunting! The early stages of pregnancy can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
For most women, exercising while pregnant is fine – great, in fact – but we’re all different, and you need to make sure you are doing it safely and heeding the specific precautions that apply to you. While being active is good for you during pregnancy, there are some things that you should avoid. Talk to your doctor about all of this, but here’s a general list of what activities to avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy:
- Revving your heart rate above 140 beats per minute should be avoided at all instances. Keep a heart rate monitor close to you if you are actively involved in any high-adrenalin activities
- Avoid working out in the heat. Stay away from yoga classes in the outdoors or runs / walks in the mid-day summer sun.
- Stay clear from deep twists & inversions – the kind you might do in regular Yoga or Pilates class.
- Avoid sports that have a serious risk of falling – hiking, biking or trail-walking can be left till next year.
- If you feel dizzy or short of breath, stop your activity right away. Don’t push through the pain.
Remember: The fitter you stay during pregnancy, the easier it will be to snap back afterward. And if you start exercising during your first trimester, you are much more likely to stick to it.