How to Exercise Safely When You’re Expecting Multiples

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Being Pregnant with Multiples Might be Overwhelming

When you’re pregnant with multiples, you may feel overwhelmed with the idea of having two, three, four babies (or whatever the number may be at). Since a multiple pregnancy comes with an increased risk of complications – like preterm birth, high blood pressure and preeclampsia – your doctor or midwife may advise you to limit your activities in the later months of pregnancy.

Exercising with Multiple Pregnancy

Each individual pregnancy is unique, so you will want to follow the guidelines and rules that your doctor prescribes. But as a rule of thumb, you can safely exercise when you’re carrying twins or multiples until the middle of the second trimester. You will want to avoid any high-impact or vigorous aerobic exercises after 24 weeks pregnant – sooner than this if you’re carrying more than two babies.

Gentle Exercises in the First Trimester

In the first trimester, you won’t be too huge yet. Unless your doctor has warned against it, you may want to try a low-impact exercise program. Low impact exercise helps improve your flexibility, circulation, muscle tone, and energy levels. Good exercise options for women carrying multiples include walking, swimming, prenatal yoga, and water aerobics.

Since you are carrying more than one baby, you will want to take everything slow. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your exercise. You should stop exercising immediately if you notice any pain or discomfort, lightheadedness or dizziness, or heart palpitations.

Women carrying triplets and high order multiples should refrain from exercising too much. A short walk now and then may help you, but don’t push yourself. Carrying high order multiples puts you at highest risk of preterm birth, so you want to take extra precautions to keep your babies safe.

Take it Slow in the Second Trimester

You can continue to safely exercise in the second trimester. Water aerobics and swimming may be the gentlest way to stay fit, since you are rendered weightless. You will want to stop exercising if your healthcare provider advises you to. You don’t want to risk any chances of preterm birth.

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