Exercise Myths During Pregnancy

If I exercise during pregnancy I will bounce back faster. This is true. Studies by ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) prove if you exercise during your pregnancy you will recover much quicker than women who do not exercise during pregnancy.

If I haven’t exercised before I shouldn’t exercise during pregnancy. This is false. A 2002 study by ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,) which was reaffirmed in 2009, states that previously inactive women should be evaluated before recommendations for exercise are made. So make sure you get your physician’s recommendations before embarking on an exercise program during pregnancy.

I should not do core exercises during pregnancy. This is false. You can do core exercises while pregnant. But ACOG says you should not lie on your back after the 4th month. And you should not do core exercises while pregnant if you have diastasis recti. Diastasis recti is a condition that up to 60% of women experience during pregnancy. The word diastasis means “separation” and the rectus abdominis muscle is the center muscle of your six pack. What happens as a result of your expanding belly is this muscle can become separated from the linea alba. The linea alba is line of fibrous tissue that runs down the midline of your abdomen. It separates your rectus abdonimis muscles into a left and right side. Sometimes, as your baby develops and your abdomen expands, a slight separation of the muscle from the dividing tissue can occur. If you have this condition, then you should not do the Core exercises I’ve outlined for you during your second and third trimester. Generally, women don’t have this separation during the first trimester, but if you experience any discomfort in this area, you may want to ease up on the core exercises. More information on diastasis recti and to test if you have the condition.

The condition is not serious and in most cases will heal after the baby is out. Because it is caused by the expanding of your belly, those of you who are carrying twins or who are having a larger baby are more susceptible to it occurring.

Pregnancy can bring on new trouble spots. This is true. From back fat to armpit fat and new hips, only toning will help minimize your new trouble spots. If you stay within your recommended weight gain your new trouble spots will be minimal and probably go away within weeks of giving birth.

I don’t need to worry about the pregnancy weight gain until after the baby is here. This is false. To lose pregnancy weight you have to work hard. And if you have added pregnancy weight gain it will be even harder! And 9 months of not working out leads to a longer road!

I can lose the baby fat without working out. This is true. But if you want to regain your figure you must use your muscles to get them to bounce back to normal! Sure you can lose the extra baby fat, but you will be left with lose muscles if you do not work out.

Lindsey Brin
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