(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has advised expectant mothers to perform physical activities, including exercise as they are main factors that contribute to building a healthy lifestyle for pregnant women.
“Pregnant woman should consult their health centre doctor during pregnancy checkups to discuss the types of exercise and physical activity to perform during pregnancy,” said, Dr Hana Saleh, child and adolescent specialist at PHCC.
Dr Saleh noted that any exercise programme for previously inactive pregnant women should start with low-intensity exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming for three days a week and then, they may increase it to five sessions or more.
“Physical activity makes your pregnancy more enjoyable as it provides tremendous health benefits when performed on regular basis. Keeping a consistent workout routine is key, and over time, it can help pregnant women prevent certain diseases and reduce the risk of weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, etc. The good news is that pregnant women can keep exercising throughout their pregnancy, as WHO recommends that women who engage in physical activity should continue to do so,” noted, Dr Saleh.
Nevertheless, a pregnant woman's exercise must be agreed on with a healthcare professional, as some pregnant women may need to avoid high-intensity exercise or even stop performing some types of exercises completely for their safety and that of their unborn babies. Some cases must completely stop performing physical activities and immediately consult a specialist.
Dr Saleh advised pregnant women to drink enough water and to always carry a bottle of water to drink before, during and after exercise, as well as avoiding extremely hot and humid places.
She also warned against doing exercises that requires physical contact and dangerous sports such as martial arts, football, downhill skiing, or horseback riding to reduce the risk of abdominal injury and protect their unborn babies, as well as avoiding intense and extreme sports.
“As the muscles and joints become loose during pregnancy, control your movements: avoid sudden movements and rapid changes in your direction. Extended warm-up and cool-down routine can reduce your risk of injury. Keep taking a deep breath and rest from time to time, and you will notice with time that you can control the situation. If you experience unusual symptoms, stop exercising and consult your doctor,” advised Dr Saleh.
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