Morning Sickness and Exercise

Posted on Jun 11, 2012 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

It’s one of those ironic facts of pregnancy: exercise has been shown to help reduce your overall pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness. Yet, your morning sickness can often interfere with your ability and desire to exercise. Still, if you want to have a happy, healthy pregnancy, exercise is one of the best ways to accomplish that.

Here are some general principles to keep in mind as you exercise in order to help control your morning sickness:

  • Start by talking to your doctor. Every woman, and every pregnancy, is different. Your doctor can help you to identify any particular areas that should be looked at in terms of your pregnancy and exercise. You may need to make some modifications, based on her recommendations.
  • Pregnancy is a fine time to start exercising, too. While you don’t want to overdo it, it’s all right to start getting healthier during pregnancy. Keep in mind that pregnancy is about your growing baby, though, not about sculpting your figure.
  • Some exercises aren’t safe during pregnancy. There are certain types of exercises that pose a risk to you and your baby during pregnancy. Generally speaking, you’ll want to avoid exercises that involve jumping, lying on your stomach, or that run the risk of abdominal injury.
  • Watch your temperature. You should avoid saunas and hot tubs while pregnant, as these have been shown to have a potentially detrimental effect on your baby.
  • Be mindful of dizziness. Dizziness or light headedness are common during pregnancy, especially during exercise. After 20 weeks of pregnancy, your blood volume has almost doubled. Make sure to take the time to warm up and cool down every time you exercise.
  • Your center of gravity is going to change. Your body will do a fine job adjusting to these changes, just be aware of the fact that it can affect your balance.
  • Pregnancy isn’t the time to try to lose weight. You’re going to gain weight during pregnancy. It’s normal and necessary for your baby.
  • As you get closer to your due date, expect to modify your workout. You might need to change the intensity of your workout, or some of the specific routines as you get closer to that special day.


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