Health Watch -- Women's Health: Pregnancy and Exercise

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about women's health issues. While doctors encourage women to exercise regularly as a way of improving and maintaining their health, they also say that pregnancy isn't a good time to start a strenuous exercise program.

Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says if your doctor tells you it's OK, you can get a little extra activity during pregnancy, such as taking neighborhood walks or taking the stairs instead of an elevator when possible. After the baby is born, there are mom-and-baby exercise classes to help you get back into your pre-pregnancy shape. Pregnancy is also a bad time to start a strict weight-loss diet. Instead, eat sensibly according to your doctor's recommendations, with nutritious, balanced meals.


February 2006

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