Simona from FueltheBodyWell.com spoke with Dr. Marcus Elliott, a Harvard trained physician specializing in human performance. She asked Dr. Elliott his opinion on exercise during pregnancy.
Dr. Elliott says that women that exercise late into their pregnancies are “way,way,way better” at delivering babies than the ones that don’t. He also says that women that exercise consistently had more positive birthing experiences. That is a pretty powerful endorsement for exercising while pregnant.
For those of us who exercise during pregnancy, Dr. Elliott recommends staying within the parameters of our intuitive guidelines when working out. For more, you can watch the interview with Dr. Elliott, or read the transcription below.
Exercise and Pregnancy: What exercises are ideal when pregnant?
Dr. Elliott did not specify which exercises, but from my own experience, as your belly grows, you need to make more frequent trips to the bathroom. My solution: home workout videos. Exercising from home means you are always close to your nice clean bathroom, and the more pregnant you are, the more you’ll come to appreciate that proximity. Plus, once the baby arrives, you’ll find it much easier to fit in your workout on a regular basis if you are able to workout at home.
Here’s the interview with Dr. Elliot.
Transcript of the interview with Dr. Marcus Elliott
Simona speaking: You are on camera
Dr. Marcus Elliott: Women that come in for delivery have babies. ~ laughter ~
Dr. Elliott continues: I was just asked for my experience in delivering babies and if there are contraindications to exercising during pregnancy. And interestingly, I did a Grand rounds presentation on this and there really aren’t any absolute contraindications to exercising during pregnancy other than sports that require high degrees of balance. You don’t want to fall.
note: off camera, after the interview, Simona asked Dr. Elliott to clarify that statement, and he gave the example of downhill skiing being a sport that requires a high degree of balance.
Dr. Elliott continues: You know, your balance changes when you are pregnant and you really don’t want to fall, especially late in pregnancy. But in terms of exercise intensity and regularity, I think that women letting their own intuitive guidelines dictate what intensity they are exercising at, what duration…even running up through nine months is reasonable for some women as long as they don’t have too much discomfort with it.
And the thing that was absolutely clear to me is that women that exercise late into their pregnancies are way, way, way better at delivering babies than the ones that don’t. They are way more in touch with the entire process, in touch with their bodies and consistently had better, cleaner, more predictable and positive birthing experiences.
For more about Dr. Elliott and the P3 Peak Performance Project, you can visit http://www.p3.md/team/
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