Can you run when you’ve got a bun in the oven? Well, that depends…
If you have never had much of an exercise regime in your pre-pregnancy days, now’s not the time to start any sort of intensive workout. Running can be hard on your knees, especially as your joint ligaments are weakened during pregnancy. Unless you were a frequent runner in the past, avoid running during your pregnancy, even for short distances.
Jogging or walking, on the other hand, is generally deemed safe for most pregnant women, unless your gynae specifies otherwise for your case. As your tummy grows, exercising will likely become increasingly taxing on your body, so adjust the distance, time and intensity of your workout accordingly. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Do remember to drink lots of water before, during and after a brisk walk or jog to avoid dehydration, which can lead to premature contractions.
2. Avoid exercising under the hot sun, as overheating is potentially harmful to your baby.
3. Wear proper shoes that provide a good grip and adequate support for your feet.
4. For safety, try to stay on flat ground or pavements – there’s a lot less chance of tripping or falling down than when you’re on a slope or rough terrain.
5. If you feel too tired, don’t force yourself to exercise. Listen to your body for cues when to stop.
By Dorothea Chow