We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about women exercising while pregnant. Here are some of your answers…
“An LA mother of two is under fire this week after photos of her lifting weights (she’s currently pregnant) at the widely-popular CrossFit were posted online. While the health enthusiast has exercised with her previous pregnancies, as well, she’s surprised at the backlash she’s receiving. Most of her critics are claiming health risks to both her and her unborn baby. The health studies are split: some say exercise is ok, even good, for pregnant women, but other say overexertion can be tragic.
What does Pike County think? With the obesity epidemic ever-growing, is it important for pregnant women to exercise? How much is too much?”
“It’s between her and her doctor. People sure do like to judge situations they may not know a thing about… Of all the unhealthy things I’ve seen women do while pregnant, I’d venture to say that exercising isn’t the worst!” – Brittany Morris Dain
“id say she’s smart, and personally more people in this region should follow suit, bring an affordable gym to Bowling Green, God knows this area needs it!!” – Stephanie Scherder
“Good for her and I am sure she knows what her limits are especially if she is getting prenatal care. She is pregnant not disabled. Too many people believe when you are pregnant you can’t do anything.” – Amy Wasson
“I say good for her to keep fit while pregnant.” – Tammi Hammerot Smith
“Exercise is good for a person any time in their life. When a person exercises while pregnant, it keeps the muscles firm, the circulation going great, the mood up and prepares the body for labor and delivery. Both will go much better if the body is in good nutritional, physical and mental shape. I loved walking while I was pregnant and I lost all of my pregnancy weight within three weeks after my babies were born. If you’ve been working out before you were pregnant, you can do so while you are pregnant. A few adjustments may have to be made at the end of your pregnancy, but you, along with your health care professional, can do just that.” – Joy Hummel
“By all means I am not a skinny girl. I exercised through my whole pregnancy 4-5 days a week with my daughter under the close supervision of my doctor and personal trainer. I lifted weights 2 days a week, my last day of lifting weights was 3 days before she was born. I had the best labor a woman could ask for. No pain meds for delivery and not even a single Tylenol afterwards, once she was out I had no pain or discomfort at all and I 100% contribute that to my trainer making sure that my core muscles were prepared for labor. My trainer gave me books to read and is very knowledgeable in the subject as he has been in the business for 30 years.They do not recommend starting a strenuous routine during pregnancy if you have never done it, but if a person is use to the routine it is okay to continue it as long as there are not any complications with the pregnancy and she doesn’t overexert herself. Even if a woman has never exercised a day in her life it is okay to start exercising during pregnancy and is very beneficial for her and her baby as long as she is careful and her doctor says it is okay. If you cannot carry on a conversation without getting out of breath, sweating alot or getting your heart rate up you are doing too much. You do also have to cut out certain exercises and movements that can be harmful to the baby or the baby’s growing environment.” – Lisa Wieberg
“it is between her and her doctor!” – Nicky Mendonsa Nelson
“If we would spend less time worrying about how other people live their life and worry more about how we live our own, we would be further along as a society” – Micah Johnston
“In late pregnancy, it probably isn’t wise to START a new strenuous weight training program. But exercise is definitely beneficial in most pregnancies. Looking at the pic, she’s lifting about 100 pounds. I can understand someone walking into the gym would be concerned, but it’s not like she just walked in and grabbed the weights and started trying to pick up 100 pounds. I’m more concerned that she doesn’t seem to have a spotter….” – Cindy Perkins
We asked, you told. Keep an eye on the Bowling Green Times Facebook page for our “The Bowling Green Times wants to know…” questions. Your answers may be featured in the Your Scope column.
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