Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Exercise Tips For Gestational Diabetes

exercise with gestational diabetesYou are probably aware that being healthy is more than just eating the right foods and following up with your doctor. Especially if you have gestational diabetes, you definitely have to do those things, but there is more to it. You also need to get some exercise.

Exercising when you are pregnant, especially in the third trimester, can be tricky business. But you can maintain a healthier pregnancy overall, if you incorporate some exercise with gestational diabetes and any pregnancy.

Exercise during pregnancy is important, but it is perhaps even more important when you have gestational diabetes. This is because exercise allows your body to burn off excess glucose without the use of medications. This helps keep blood sugar levels stable so you and your baby are safe and healthy.

Here are some rules to follow for exercise in each trimester of pregnancy. Of course, you should talk to your doctor before changing your diet, taking any supplements, or starting a new exercise regimen.

First Trimester

Unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the first trimester is a great time to start a new exercise regimen. This is because you are not yet carrying a lot of extra baby weight and aerobic exercises are unlikely to hurt you or your baby. While you might be feeling a bit more tired than usual, many women do not yet even “notice” their pregnancy, and exercise can actually give you more energy.

Except in specific cases where your doctor says otherwise, there are not many restrictions as far as exercise in the first trimester, so you should be able to do just about anything.

Second Trimester

In the second trimester you might be finally starting to show, but you are likely past the morning sickness and fatigue of the first trimester. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, it is typically still safe to engage in higher impact exercises and activities.

Towards the end of the second trimester you might want to move towards lower impact exercises, but throughout the pregnancy just remember to listen to your body. If you are feeling faint, dizzy, nauseous, lower back pain or belly pain you should stop and take a break. A good rule of thumb is to watch your heart rate and stay 60% below your maximum heart rate.

Third Trimester

In the third trimester you are really starting to grow. Your balance might be thrown off by the extra weight of the baby, and you might experience more strain and fatigue when you exercise. Now is the time to start engaging in lower impact exercises.

Consider walking, light yoga, swimming, water aerobics, and self-resistance exercises such as wall push-ups. As usual, stop if you start to feel dizzy or faint or experience any pain. The second and third trimesters are not the time to push yourself too hard.

These tips and ideas should help you incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Getting regular exercise with gestational diabetes, is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.

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