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Is It Safe To Work Out While Pregnant?

We consult everyone from a fit fashion girl to a doctor.
Is It Safe To Work Out While Pregnant? We consult everyone from a fit fashion girl to a doctor.

Via @boomsason

When I get pregnant, I want to look as radiant as fashion designer Boom Sason and actress Cristine Reyes during their respective pregnancies. Boy, do they look super hot with their baby bumps!

Boom Sason

Boom Sason at 6 months. Those arms... *Sigh*

Cristine Reyes

Cristine Reyes at 24 weeks. Doesn't she look so fresh?

So while browsing through their Instagram feeds, scanning for pegs, I think I may have found the golden answer to the pregnancy body equation: They work out.

Boom Sason

Boom at 17 weeks

Cristine Reyes

Cristine with partner, MMA fighter Ali Khatibi. “I did yoga at home, some strengthening routine for my lower back and legs, as well as 30 minutes of walking,” she shares. “I had to give up Jiu Jitsu though.” 

But the bigger question is: Is it really safe to work out while pregnant? In the not-so-distant past, women were urged to avoid it—swollen feet on the ottoman, leafing through pages of magazines and catalogs, finishing a long-overdue cross-stitch project or lying in bed all day like being pregnant is a nine-month death sentence, you get the picture. But we know differently now.

DOCTOR’S CALL

According to Dr. Nanette Laurente, OB-Gyne at Asian Hospital and St. Luke’s Global City, “If she is without contraindications like bleeding, premature contractions or other medical problems like hypertension, then it's okay to exercise.”

No, your uterus won’t break, if you break a sweat. However, Dr. Laurente also mentioned that “anything that the mother does has an effect on the baby.” So one has to take precautions before continuing your pre-pregnancy fitness program or starting a new one. A doctor’s clearance is a must.

Dr. Laurente suggests brisk walking daily or you can limit your workout routine to three times a week. It’s a case-to-case basis but your baseline fitness level can be your best guideline. She also recommends swimming and yoga. Exercises that are focused on breathing help prepare the mother for labor and delivery. Strenuous activities, on the other hand, like lifting heavy weights, deep squats, situps, standing toe touches, excessive twisting and rotation, bouncing and excessive time spent on your back are a no-no.

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WHO (ELSE) YOU GONNA CALL?

Fitness First provides alternative exercises and/or classes to help pregnant women continue on with their fitness journey. The gym's National Fitness Manager, Eric Seegers suggests Body Balance, Pilates, Gentle Flow Yoga and Personal Training. These have a multitude of benefits during pregnancy, upon delivery, and even with the recovery process.

"Daily exercise won’t harm your baby, and may even help prevent complications. However, the proper precautions must be considered. It is also essential that all women discuss their exercise plans with their doctor as each pregnancy is different," Eric says.

To make sure you're on the right track, Eric gives a list of what you have to keep in mind before, during and after your workout session.

If you're not convinced, consider this: "Pregnant women are less likely to gain weight during and after the pregnancy if they are actively engaged in moderate exercise." In other words, women who work out while carrying a baby have a bigger chance of getting their pre-pregnancy figure faster back after giving birth. Now we're talking.

Photos via @queencristinereyes, @boomsason

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