Health Watch: Exercises while pregnant

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Hi, my name is Katie Sandvig and I'm a physical therapist at the Regional Health Orthopedic and Specialty Hospital. I provide general orthopedic physical therapy in addition to specializing in women's health and pelvic floor physical therapy. I have a passion for working with patients during their pregnancy. the American College of Opstristms and Gynecologists recommend that women with uncomplicated pregnancies be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength training exercises at least 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. They report that physical activity during pregnancy improves our maintain physical fitness, helps with weight management, can decrease the risk of pre-eclampsia, or gestational diabetes and also improves or enhances psychological well being. Exercise should always be individualized based on a woman's pre-pregnancy fitness level and some modifications may be required. You should always discuss new exercise routines with your OGBYN and should always stop exercising when any of the following occur, bleeding or fluid leakage, painful contractions, dizziness, headaches, calf pain or swelling and loss of balance. You should avoid exercising on your back after the first trimester and you should also make sure you have adequate fluid intake and increase your nutrition to meet the demands of exercise. A qualified physical therapist can help you develop an individualized exercise plan as well as provide manual therapy techniques to improve your pain and help maintain a healthy pregnancy.