Health Watch — Pregnancy: Diet and Exercise

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When a woman is pregnant, she has some very specific health concerns. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about pregnancy and some things expectant mothers need to keep in mind. With swimsuit season around the corner, an exercise program to get in shape may sound like a good idea, but Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that’s not a good idea for pregnant women.

Starting a rigorous diet or exercise program isn’t recommended for pregnant women, but if your doctor says it’s OK, working in a little bit of activity may be good — taking neighborhood walks or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, for example. As for diet, eating sensibly is the best idea. Talk to your doctor about what and how much you should be eating as your pregnancy progresses.


May 2007

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