I was a huge Father of the Bride fan growing up. And, gasp, I loved the sequel even more. I vividly recall the scene between Annie and her mother when they were both very pregnant and exercising. I thought it was great and showed healthy habits, but is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), for most women, exercise is not only safe, it’s encouraged. The ACOG’s current guidelines for exercise and pregnancy stated that, provided the woman has been evaluated by her doctor and exercise has been deemed safe, pregnant women should be encouraged to exercise before, during, and after pregnancy. In fact, the ACOG noted that, “A thorough clinical evaluation should be conducted before recommending an exercise program to ensure that a patient does not have a medical reason to avoid exercise.”
Healthy pregnant women with uncomplicated pregnancies, according to The March of Dimes, should aim for two and a half hours of exercise per week. They noted many of the benefits of prenatal exercise, like decreased risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and that it prepares the body for birth. Which, let me tell you, is a workout. As a distance runner who has run over 29 miles without stopping, and as a woman who has had two children, I’d rather run the miles. I don’t know how many calories…
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