, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, spoke with the Fayetteville Observer about exercising during pregnancy.
It differs for each woman, said Dr. SeonAe Yeo, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing.
As a general rule of thumb, Yeo said, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that healthy women with healthy pregnancies should have moderate intensity exercise about 30 minutes a day, while avoiding contact sports, scuba diving and horseback riding…
…”How much is too much is really dependant on what kind of sports and exercise they are accustomed to,” she said. It would be a mistake to begin a hard-core program during pregnancy, she said. It’s also dangerous for pregnant women to become overheated, she said…
Schutzer and Yeo said many physically fit pregnant women tend to go to lower impact workouts, such as walking or yoga, during pregnancy. “Many pregnant women in my exercise studies often express that they switch to yoga, and they feel much better,” Yeo said. “In one study, I found that stretching exercises prevented (pregnancy-induced hypertension) more than walking.”
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Dr. Yeo studies the physiologic effects of physical activities and exercise on the prevention of gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia among previously sedentary pregnant women, obesity and depressive symptoms during pregnancy, and has performed randomized clinical trials of exercise.