How To Make It Work For You And When To Stop

It it safe for an expectant mother to go in-line skating (Roller Blading)? Lisa Stone, an ACE-certified Pre-and Post-Natal Fitness Instructor, let's you know how to make it work for you, and advises when to stop.
Lisa Stone

Your question
My favorite fitness activity is in-line skating. I try to do as often as I can. No extreme skating, just travelling along bike paths to get a cardiovascular workout. Is this a safe activity to continue during early- to mid-pregnancy (before your center of gravity has shifted too much)? - Sarah

The expert answers
Sarah,

I think rollerblading is a terrific form of aerobic activity and definitely okay to do through, probably, the middle of your second trimester. Just be sure to keep an eye on the ground in front of you to avoid potholes and/or cracks in the pavement which could trip you up. Also, wear protective gear such as a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. If you're going out early in the morning or at dusk, be sure to wear some sort of reflective clothing as well.

As with all other forms of exercise during pregnancy, it's very important to drink LOTS of water before, during, and after your workouts, so carry along a water bottle, too.

Once your center of gravity does shift and you feel uncomfortable skating, you can switch to power or race walking to keep up your cardiovascular strength and stay outdoors. At that point, you'll need to add some additional strength training exercises for your lower body since walking doesn't challenge your muscles as much as blading. My suggestion would be to add some squats and lunges to keep your quads and glutes strong and ready for labor. Also, add some gentle stretches after each workout to maintain flexibility and prevent soreness.

Keep up the active lifestyle -- your pregnancy will be easier, your labor should be shorter, and your recovery will definitely be quicker than those of your inactive counterparts!

Lisa :)PregnancyAndBaby.com

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