Research suggests that pregnant women should watch their body temperature in early pregnancy, because during the first 12 weeks the baby’s central nervous system is forming and even a 1% increase in core temperature may have an adverse effect on your baby’s development.
This does not mean that you can’t work up a bit of a sweat or have a healthy huff and puff when you exercise. There is a difference between getting hot and elevating your core. All you need to do is exercise a little caution.
Prevention – exercise at a cooler time of day, in the shade, an air-conditioned or fan cooled environment, change classes like hot/warm yoga, don’t head to the saunas or steam room after your workout, wear light clothing, keep well hydrated leading up to and after, as well as during, your workout and be ready to shorten or use intervals in your workout if needed.
Treatment – if you do feel that overwhelming creeping heat feeling or a racy heart, that is a warning your body is getting too hot or working too hard, simply stop, sit down, fan yourself and sip cool water.
For the majority of women it is safe to continue to exercise during the first trimester of pregnancy, there are just some precautions you need to take.
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