Exercise and Heart Rate while Pregnant
Exercise during pregnancy is always advised but you do need to monitor the rate of your heart beat. The heart rate considered normal during pregnancy is slightly higher than usual. Since the expecting mother takes in more oxygen to provide for the growth of her baby, it brings up the heart rate. The normal heart beat rate of a woman is 70 per minute but it goes up to 85 – 90. The heart rate while being pregnant with twins is even more. In the last trimester, the heart rate rises by 10 to 20 beats per minute.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), heart rate when exercising during pregnancy should not be more than 140 beats per minute. At the same time, ACOG also advises women to take 30 minutes of exercise daily without any emphasis on heart rate level. It is advisable to take good precautions for exercise during pregnancy. Other than the usual precautions you also need to monitor your heart rate based on your history of preterm labour or other medical conditions.
A very good way to decide whether you are pacing yourself right during pregnancy exercise is to notice whether you can talk at the same time or not. If you are unable to carry on with a conversation while exercising, it is a sign that you are overexerting. You might get dehydrated or face the problems of overheating. That is why it is important for you to monitor your heart rate. Anything which does not seem to be normal needs to be intimated to your doctor at the earliest. Severe cases of breathlessness have also been reported during pregnancy and seeing the doctor is the only good way to deal with the problem.
Abnormal heart rate due to too much exercising or any other reason can lead to cardiac pain or restlessness. Another important factor in maintaining your fitness during pregnancy is to eat healthy and drink a lot of water. Limit your pregnancy exercise and do not over exert yourself. Your heart rates should be around the benchmark of 140 per minute while exercising. Taking proper sleep and staying away from situations that lead to stress is also important. You might want to consider your body temperature to apart from heart rate while pregnant. Especially during the first trimester, overheating of the expecting mother can lead to developmental problems for the baby.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jul 06, 2011
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