Pregnancy doesn't need to deter women who run regularly from pursuing their favorite regimen. In fact, as long as you're comfortable doing it, there's no need to stop at all.
In this era of fake news, it's not surprising that a lot of falsehoods have leaked into the lifestyle forums, especially when it comes to how women should change their routine while taking care of that bun in the oven. One of the most popular nay-saying pieces of advice out there is that women should cut down on their exercising, for fear of hurting the baby. Not only concern with all that bouncing around, but in the heavier oxygen involved in rigorous exercise which may be diverted more to the mother.
Yet most physicians state that the mother's body is far more durable in protecting the fetus than what most folks otherwise think. Furthermore, stopping or reducing exercise, especially in women who are more accustomed to that activity has been shown to be more harmful. A reduced metabolism caused by less or no exercise will result in weight gain and possible complications later on in the development of the fetus.
The misconceptions go beyond cardiovascular exercise, as well. Notions still prevail that muscular activity should be discontinued on account that the baby's requirement of building-block nutrients will leave less for the mother, resulting in more injuries if she continues to take her turn at the barbells.
Research states there's no evidence that a woman's bodily strength is compromised during pregnancy. If anything, a woman needs to have peak strength to endure any hardships associated with giving birth. One study indicated that women who did no weight training while pregnant actually got stronger once they started a program. Even doing leg lifts twice a week resulted in an improvement in strength by as much as 36 percent. Equally impressive was the fact that for the duration of testing there were no reported instances of pelvic pain, dizziness, headaches, or injuries.
Studies are proving again and again that women who are already athletic need not interrupt their exercise routines once they become pregnant. But since each body is different, they should consult their physicians on what level of exercise works for them.