the years, there has been considerable debate regarding the
importance (and safety) of physical activity during pregnancy.
Recently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
(ACOG) published new guidelines for exercise during pregnancy
and the period immediately after giving birth.
This article examines the ACOG guidelines in depth. Included
are various recommendations for health care providers and
patients with regard to exercise during pregnancy, but the
authors' conclusion perhaps sums it up best: "Pregnancy should
not be a state of confinement, and pregnant women should be
encouraged to continue and engage in physical activities.
... Despite the fact that pregnancy is associated with profound
anatomical and physiological changes, exercise has minimal
risks and confirmed benefits for most women."
As these guidelines emphasize, if you're expecting a child,
certain physical activities are safe (and even beneficial),
provided they're done in moderation. On the other hand, some
activities may actually be dangerous to you and your developing
child. Before you begin any exercise program during pregnancy,
it's imperative that you meet with your doctor, and keep meeting
with him or her periodically, to ensure that you and your
growing child stay as healthy as possible.
For more information on women's health, visit www.chiroweb.com/find/tellmeabout/women.html.
Artal R, O'Toole M. Guidelines of the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists for exercise during pregnancy
and the postpartum period. British Journal of Sports Medicine