This is an excerpt from the recently published article by Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate website. Following are quotes from UCSF Women's Health physician, Jeannette Lager, MD, MPH (left):
"(Pregnant women are) an attentive audience. They want to do the best they can for their baby," said Dr. Jeannette Lager, a UCSF obstetrician. "I see a lot of patients who have never exercised before, and suddenly they're taking on a whole exercise regime."
Although exercise is undoubtedly a good idea for the vast majority of pregnant women, doctors point out that research is limited, and there are few hard and fast rules about what's appropriate exercise and what isn't. Common sense should rule, UCSF's Lager said.
"In general, it's good for their mood, it's great for their sleep, it's a great training for childbirth, with strength and endurance," Lager said. "There's no great science as far as things like heart rate and level of intensity, but moderate exercise is fine and acceptable."
Lager said that exercise is one of the most frequent topics of conversation among her patients, and their families.
"Their partners will come in and be concerned on both sides of the equation - they're exercising too hard, or they're not exercising enough," she said. "I tell them that this is the time to really listen to your body."