Dear Fitness Expert,
I am just 4 weeks pregnant. I currently walk/jog 10 km a week and also go to aqua-aerobics for 2 x 1 hour sessions per week. Can I continue with these safely throughout my pregnancy? When should I stop? Any other advice you can offer?
Many thanks in advance,
At four weeks into your pregnancy, you are right on track. As long as you've been doing this kind of exercise routine for some time and your body is acclimated to the exercise there is no shock to the system. What I worry about most is when a woman finds out she is pregnant and decides she must "get in shape," beginning a completely new regiment.
Through Pregnancy.org you can get a copy of my book, Entering the Mother Zone, which chronicles elite athletes in training while pregnant. There are many safety measures you can take but the three most important are: drink lots of water, listen to your body and use a rectal thermometer.
There is no reason, using common sense, water and your rectal thermometer, that you cannot continue this workout throughout your pregnancy. You will find as you move along (and grow) you will adjust your program to your new physique. As always, discuss your training program with your OB/GYN and use a training buddy. Good luck! Keep up the great work.
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!