Exercises to Do During Pregnancy: Introduction to Safe Practices

Exercises to Do During Pregnancy: Introduction to Safe Practices



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Introduction:
This video provides you some instructions and guidelines before starting any exercise program. It does not replace medical advice therefore you should speak with your health care provider before doing any exercise.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this video is not intended to take the place of medical advice from your healthcare provider. Viewers are strongly advised to consult with their doctor or other healthcare provider before undertaking any exercise or exercise program demonstrated in this video. Any application of the recommendations provided in this video is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.

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hi my name is Jackie Shahar and I am a clinical exercise physiologist here at the Joslin Diabetes Center I am currently 30 weeks pregnant pregnancy can be challenging physically and emotionally there are body composition changes that lead to increase in body fat and release of hormones which can cause insulin resistance so your body is not utilizing glucose efficiently and that can lead to high blood glucose levels exercise plays a major role in maintaining better glucose control during pregnancy makes you feel and sleep better improves your posture and blood pressure promote muscle strength and endurance increases your energy and mood reduces stress and back pain and make it easier to get back in shape after the baby is born you need to stop exercising and call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms pain vaginal bleeding dizziness preterm labor decreased federal movement increased shortness of breath chest pain rapid heart rate calf pain or swelling amniotic fluid leakage or uterine contractions I will demonstrate you simple and safe exercises that you can perform during pregnancy you can walk wipe swim or use elliptical machine to improve your endurance you can use free weights or resistance bands to increase muscle strength and tone you can also perform some yoga poses in stretching exercises to improve your posture and reduce back pain try to find enjoyable activities that are safe for you and your baby you can perform these yoga and stretching exercises on a daily basis and struggling exercises with resistance bands every day in a research study done with women who had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes those are performed circuit training with resistance bands were able to improve their blood glucose and reduce the amount of insulin required or avoid completely taking any insulin during their pregnancy if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure diabetic retinopathy or if you have other serious medical problems your exercise routine need to be modified speak with your doctor before starting any exercise routine you need to progress slowly and gradually increase resistance or speed you should exercise and moderate intensity the talk test is a simple tool to determine how hard you're working if you're unable to carry on a conversation because you're too short of breath you're working hard avoid exercising in a hot and humid conditions drink water every 15 minutes during exercise and maintain energy and blood glucose with appropriate food intake if you take insulin check your blood glucose before and after exercise make sure to speak with your doctor and learn how to adjust your insulin on days of exercise to prevent low blood glucose exercise is one way for you to take control of your diabetes during pregnancy and field rates so let's get started

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