Dr. Scott Sinnott, an OBGYN with Franciscan Physician Network Obstetrics & Gynecology with offices in Lafayette and Crawfordsville, shares his insight He answers your questions on exercise and pregnancy.
Q: I have always been a runner. I am now pregnant and want to do what's safe for me and my baby. Do you have any suggestions on exercising?
A: Generally speaking, exercise during pregnancy is recommended. That being said, the level of activity is largely dependent on many variables. Pregnancy represents an altered physiologic state. This means there are several normal changes in a mother's body during pregnancy that can impact or alter a person's ability to handle exercise. These changes also can place a pregnant woman at higher risk of injury, both to herself and her unborn child.
There are also a number of pregnancy related conditions, such as preterm labor or high blood pressure, which MAY warrant your provider to restrict your exercise or activity. Ultimately with regard to exercise and pregnancy, your best option is to discuss with your provider what your exercise intentions are. After a thorough discussion and exam, your doctor and you can make the safest decisions for you and your baby.