Dear Fitness Expert,
Can I exercise while I am two months pregnant?
Yes, but first you must speak to your doctor. It is important that you ask a few questions. Have you been exercising before you became pregnant? Do you have any medical conditions that would otherwise interfere with safe workouts?Once you have spoken to your physician and have been given permission, you may begin working out. Whether it is walking, jogging, swimming, cycling or lifting (light) weights, you will find that you are healthier, stronger and happier as a result of working out while pregnant.
You must be sure you are drinking plenty of water and are properly hydrated, and be sure that you do not become too hot. For more information about checking your inner heat temperature, check out our information on "Inner Core Temperature." In the meantime, please let us know what activities, if any, you have done before getting pregnant.
Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.
Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!