Pregnancy and sport: You Compatible?

Written by: Dra. Eva Ferrer Vidal-Barraquer
Published: | Updated: 20/02/2023
Edited by: Top Doctors®

exercises for pregnant Sport is always good and healthy during the months of pregnancy also. Specialists Sports Medicine claim that exercise during pregnancy improves muscle tone to adapt the body and reduces the risk of developing hypertension, gestational diabetes and overweight.

It is not advisable, however, to practice sport in cases of pregnancies at risk for preterm birth, placenta previa and / or gestational diabetes, among other diseases. That is why, it is advisable to consult a specialist to establish how best to practice physical activity at this stage.


Running during pregnancy

Pregnancy is not the time to start practicing this sport, but the patient already practiced previously not have to quit during the first two quarters. a pregnant woman would never recommend that has not run before, start running right now.

From the third trimester of pregnancy it is recommended to stop running and start walking.

It should be noted that, even though the person usually practice this sport, running a marathon not be the most appropriate.


What sport can be practiced during pregnancy?

There are sports that are banned during pregnancy. They are those who are at risk of falling, such as cycling and horse riding; contact sports (football, basketball and martial arts, among others) and diving, as it undergoes pregnant at very high negative pressures.

As mentioned above, the running does not involve any problem, as long as the patient and previously run. The important thing is to have a good pelvic floor. Walking is recommended for all pregnant physical activity, since they can be demanding more or less it depends on the rhythm that can lead. Depending on the evolution of each quarter, you should be adapting this physical routine.

Furthermore, mountaineering can practice putting certain height limits. Other sports such as swimming, yoga or pilates are recommended during pregnancy.


Benefits of practicing sport in pregnancy

The benefits of playing sports during pregnancy are not far from the benefits they have for any other person sport. Among the more they stand out they are:

  • Avoid overweight: With pregnancy weight gain. Sport helps not to overdo it.
  • Prevents and controls blood pressure.
  • It helps improve posture: Due to gravity, the body axis is moving. During pregnancy women can adopt positions that are comfortable but which, however, are not correct.
  • Reduce and / or control gestational diabetes: This type of diabetes occurs when pregnancy and usually disappears after pregnancy, but sometimes you can continue. It must be controlled with proper diet to pathology. Physical activity helps blood sugar levels to drop, as in any other type of diabetes.

Edited by: Noelia Pino

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Eva Ferrer Vidal-Barraquer
Sports Medicine

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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