3 Myths About Exercise During Pregnancy

by | May 7, 2018

Being pregnant brings A LOT of advice – and exercise during pregnancy is no exception. From well-meaning family members to know-it-alls in the street, as you jog past.  They do all have something in common. That we shouldn’t do certain exercises. Yet, what those precise exercises are, no one can fully say for sure.

However, as everyone is different, and what may be right for one new parent, might be wholly dangerous for another. So sorting fact from old wives’ tales is a great starting point if you should listen to that advice or not.

Myth 1: Don’t Lie On Your Back.

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One of the major worries with laying on your back during pregnancy is vena cava syndrome. Causing your uterus to lay on a major blood vessel and stopping the blood flow. Does this mean, that you need to spend ten months avoiding laying on your back and worry about obstructing to blood vessels? no. Listen to your body, gauge how you feel when laying on your back, and find a suitable pose for you during an exercise class that is more comfortable for you, if you find it too much pressure. You’ll find that the exercise during pregnancy is a breeze!


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Myth 2: If You Didn’t Do The Exercise Before, Wait Until After Birth

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Starting any exercise routine you have done before, let alone starting to exercise during pregnancy, means showing caution to now overdo it. Getting up and doing a kickboxing class while six months pregnant, when you’ve never done it before, is probably a bad idea. However, there are a lot of exercises that you can do pregnant, such as prenatal yoga, or stalking a light walk every day. Exercise doesn’t always mean getting sweaty and getting your heart rate up.


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Myth 3: Don’t Do Core Work.

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This myth is telling you not to do the old-fashioned “sit-ups” that mostly engage your rectus abdominus (the superficial “six-pack” abs at the front). There are several other core muscles that we should absolutely continue to work with because they will help you to birth your baby (and carry him/her around afterward!). Blair Fillingham, from  Mind Body Green, loves, the Tupler Technique™, which is outlined in the book Together Tummy.

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