In the past research has shown that women are less active during pregnancy - both physically and actively. However, recently,...
In the past research has shown that women are less active during pregnancy - both physically and actively. However, recently, a new study shows that most pregnant women are spending at least 5 hours on their feet per day, even in the 2 days before delivery. According to the study, "During the third trimester, 60% of subjects reported performing strenuous physical activity (working out), and 62% reported having sexual intercourse.... (and that) during the 2 days before labor, 33% of subjects reported performing strenuous physical activity, and 17% reported having sexual intercourse." These results are different than studies in the past which showed fewer women engaged in all sorts of physical activity. If you're one of these women who is still active throughout your pregnancy, that's a good thing. Generally, exercise in moderation is healthy for a pregnancy. Same goes for sex. To play it safe with activity during your pregnancy:
- Don't do anything too strenuous - I'm talking a three day hike up a mountain or lifting heavy boxes.
- Check with your health care provider before starting a safe pregnancy exercise routine.
- Make sure you're practicing safe (but fun) pregnancy sex.
- If your midwife or doctor says low or no-activity, listen to her. There's likely a very good reason why activity may be negative in your particular pregnancy situation.