Reducing The Risk of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
You’ll notice that we said you can continue your pre-pregnancy fitness routine “based on how you are feeling each day”. That’s because we know that every day feels different when you are pregnant. Some days, you are going to wake up and feel amazing, with a beautiful baby glow. On other days, you may not want to get out of bed. Some workouts are going to make you feel like Wonder Woman… and sometimes walking will feel like sprinting. Every day is new and different and that’s not only okay, but it’s totally normal.
As you move through your pregnancy, you want to be on the lookout for when things stop feeling “normal”. If you start to notice that your heart rate feels like it is always racing, you have changes in your vision, an increase in your nausea levels, or pain in your upper right side, it is imperative that you pause your exercise routine and seek guidance from your doctor. Your OBGYN may test your blood pressure to check for pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), also known as preeclampsia.
During pregnancy, when your blood pressure is high, there is an increased resistance within your blood vessels. This may decrease blood flow to your organs, as well as to the placenta, leading to inadequate blood and oxygen as well as fewer nutrients being delivered to your baby. The good news is that many studies have shown that low-to-moderate intensity cardio movements, total body strength training, & stretching exercises can help reduce the common issues and risks associated with PIH. In fact, researchers believe that the more active you are during pregnancy, the fewer risks you may encounter.