Julie Seguss, 07/18/11
Going for run or sticking to your regularly scheduled lunch hour spin class might be the last thing on your mind right now if you're in your first trimester of pregnancy - you're beyond exhausted and feeling queasy after all. But fitting in exercise now and throughout your pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby-to-be big time. In fact, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines now recommend 30 minutes or more a day of moderate exercise during pregnancy. That being said, you may have to alter your exercise program now that you're pregnant. So we asked Jenny Skoog, a New York City-based pre- and post-natal fitness trainer and DONA International Trained Doula, for advice. Here are some important guidelines to follow for working out during your first trimester and throughout the rest of your pregnancy. Remember, you should always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program, especially during pregnancy. Risk factors for premature labor, a complicated pregnancy or high blood pressure for example, may make some or all exercise during pregnancy unsafe.