pregnancy faq

 

1. Did you miss your period?

This one may be obvious, but it’s a good idea to keep track of your cycle and note down if you have missed one. If youre usually pretty regular and your period is late, its worth trying a pregnancy test.

2. Are you feeling tired?

High levels of the hormone progesterone can make you feel exhausted, even after a normal day of work. Fatigue is very common during early pregnancy as it takes a lot of energy to create a baby.

3. Do you feel warm?

Increased body temperature is a sign to look out for. An increase of about one degree that lasts for more than two weeks after the dip in temperature that indicates ovulation can be a sign

4. Are you having food cravings?

It’s not as cliché as it sounds, it’s actually is a common occurrence. It is different for each woman, but it is a common symptom and perfectly normal.

5. Do things smell different?

A heightened sense of smell has been noted in pregnant women and it is believed that it is nature’s way of protecting women against food that may have gone off or be harmful for them.

6. Do things taste different?

Similar to above, the taste of food you usually eat can alter. Some women report a taste of iron in their mouths.

7. Are your breasts tender/swollen and darker around the nipple?

Due to the surge in hormones in your body, your breasts may feel more sensitive than before. Also, the area around your nipples, known as areolas, can get darker when you are pregnant. Again, this is due to a hormone imbalance in the body.

8. Do you feel nausea?

Morning sickness is unfortunately a common sign of being pregnant and can last all day long if you are unlucky. Due to the increased levels of hormones in your body, you may experience nausea or queasiness. This usually goes away after the first trimester.

9. Do you have mood swings?

Your hormones will be the cause of possible mood swings while you are pregnant. As you are going through a transitional period and your body is changing, you may experience some extreme highs and lows.

10. Do you need to urinate frequently?

This pregnancy symptom can start in early pregnancy and continue through the third trimester.

2 WEEKS: Walking is a good way to get back into exercising. Brisk walks several times a week will prepare you for more strenuous exercise when you feel up to it. Walking has the added advantage of getting both you and the baby out of the house for exercise and fresh air. As you feel stronger, consider more vigorous exercise.

6 WEEKS: You should be back into your strength training, however recovery from a Caesarean section can take slightly longer, possibly up to 10 weeks depending on your doctors approval.

In general, exercise is safe for women with normal pregnancies who have no pre-existing health problems, but you should always get approval from your doctor before starting any fitness program. For a full list of contradictions please review the ACOG website www.acog.org
YES. In reality, you cant shake your baby loose. It will be safely swimming around in amniotic fluid whilst you jog around the park. As long as there are no changes in your joints and ligaments, you can continue running.
Yes. You can start to train once you have fallen pregnant, however it is important to start off slowly and build your fitness level over a longer period of time.

The real hazard is inactivity, which contributes to excess weight gain, high blood pressure, aches and pains, and a higher risk for Cesarean section and gestational diabetes.

We recommend to try to continue to train up until week 38 of pregnancy. This is very dependent on how you feel, as it can become uncomfortable during the later stages.
Like any time you train it is always best to try and mix in all types of training. Aerobic training, strength training and flexibility training are all as important as each other. We also stress the importance of rest/relaxation days as well as a healthy and nutritious diet.

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