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Eat and Exercise for Two – What Guidelines should my spouse follow?

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 16-01-2007

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, you can follow these tips for your spouse to have safe and healthy work-outs:

  • When exercising, start slowly, let her progress gradually, and cool down slowly
  • One should be able to talk while exercising. If not, your spouse may be exercising too intensely
  • Make sure she takes frequent breaks
  • Don’t let her exercise on her back after the first trimester. This can put too much pressure on an important vein and limit blood flow to the baby
  • Make sure she avoids jerky, bouncing and high-impact movements. Connective tissues stretch much more easily during pregnancy. So these types of movements put her at risk of joint injury
  • Don’t let her exercise at high altitudes (more than 6,000 feet). It can prevent the baby from getting enough oxygen
  • Make sure she drinks lots of fluids before, during and after exercising
  • Make sure she doesn’t work-out in extreme heat or humidity
  • If she feels uncomfortable, short of breath or tired, make her take a break and take it easier when she resumes exercise

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