It might come as a surprise to some, but women can definitely work out while they're expecting.
Any mom-to-be can keep her fitness routine on track for at least the first few months, provided that she has proper guidance from her doctor.
Dr. Jaycy Violago guides us through the basics:
"First and foremost, every woman is different and every pregnancy is unique," the doctor clarifies, adding that some women may have a higher risk of threatened abortion or threatened preterm labor.
So, approved workouts aren't one-size-fits-all.
According to the doctor, it's important that the obstetrician-gynecologist is consulted first "for better assessment and to be properly advised of workouts that would suit her."
This personal consultation is essential as it'll allow you to find out what you can and can't do in specific stages.
No guesswork here!
"Generally, it would also be advised to prevent strenuous activities during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester," Dr. Jaycy continues
Some low-intensity workouts that she recommends are walking, yoga, swimming, or Pilates.
"These will not overly stress the body and instead are slow and/or focused workouts," she adds.
Moreover, Dr. Jaycy warns that even women who were physically active before pregnancy need to adapt to the intensity of their exercises.
"They can no longer engage in moderate to heavy workouts, but instead do easy to mild, preferably isometric workouts," she says.
According to Mayoclinic, isometric exercises are done without changing position.
The muscles remain at the same length, while the joint affected stays in one position.
Good examples of this are planking, wall sits, lunges and stretching.
Also, note that working out isn't the only option for staying fit while pregnant.
"If they are worried [about] their weight, proper diet and nutrition can also help maintain a healthy body, keeping in mind that baby’s nutritional needs are also met," Dr. Jaycy advises.
Heard that? Don't put too much pressure on yourselves, moms-to-be!
This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.