DTP Blog: Dispelling Myths on Pregnancy Exercise

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DTP Blog: Dis­pelling Myths on Preg­nan­cy Exer­cise by Ann Cowl­in MA CSM CCE, direc­tor

At reg­u­lar inter­vals, it becomes nec­es­sary to dis­pel two per­sis­tent myths that are often per­pet­u­at­ed by well-mean­ing care providers. Both of them were debunked long ago, in research lit­er­a­ture that is read­i­ly avail­able and about which I have writ­ten a great deal, includ­ing in my chap­ters on Women and Exer­cise (edi­tions 3 & 4) and Health Pro­mo­tion in Varney’s Mid­wifery (edi­tion 5), in posts on the DTP web­site, on my Twit­ter feed (@anncowlin), on DTP’s Face­book page and in a text­book. The more com­mon myth is that preg­nant women should nev­er let their pulse get over 140 beats per minute. But, more on that one at anoth­er time. That was an ACOG guess in 1985 that long ago (1994) was rescind­ed. The oth­er is that preg­nant women should nev­er begin a new exer­cise reg­i­men, but only mod­i­fy (i.e., reduce) what they are already doing. What brings me to write this blog… read more...