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Staying Healthy in Pregnancy: Exercise

If exercise is part of your daily or weekly routine, you may continue to do so as long as it is comfortable. It’s a good idea to avoid exercise that has a high risk of falling since abrupt falls during pregnancy can cause harm to both mom and baby.

During exercise, you should monitor your heart rate and try to keep it below 120 beats per minute to avoid making your baby’s heart rate go too fast. It also helps to make sure that you are well-hydrated, drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.

Other Activities to Do and Not to Do

– Avoid hot Jacuzzis and saunas.
– Intercourse is fine throughout pregnancy as long as it is not painful or makes you bleed.
– If you have an “outdoor” cat, you should have someone else change the litter box.
– You may dye or perm your hair at any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
– You may treat yourself to manicures, pedicures or massages any time after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
– Wear a seatbelt below your abdomen.
– Air travel is fine. On any long trip (car or plane), you must stretch your legs every 2-3 hours.
– You can go to the dentist as needed for teeth cleaning, x-rays with lead shield, fillings, etc. Local anesthesia as well as certain antibiotics may be used.

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