The Truth About Exercising While Pregnant: It’s Okay to Work Hard

Sometimes it seems the only exercise options for pregnant women are easy swimming, gentle yoga, and walking carefully in a field of pillows. But if you’re not satisfied with those, you’re in luck: many activities are safer in pregnancy than bystanders and even your doctor may realize.

…There’s a tip in here for people who aren’t pregnant, too: if a pregnant woman is doing something you wouldn’t normally imagine a pregnant woman doing…chill out.

…Keeping up fitness, even if you’re slow and sluggish for the moment, helps you return next season: you’re only taking a few weeks or months off, instead of a year or more.

Source: The Truth About Exercising While Pregnant: It’s Okay to Work Hard

Oddly, iron deficiency wasn’t mentioned in the article.  Pregnancy can make you anemic because you’re increasing your blood volume by almost 50% in a short time. Anemia will make you tired and short of breath. Standard blood tests will show if you need iron supplements, but it can take a while to get back to normal levels, and exercising during that time will be difficult to impossible, depending on how anemic you are.  This may be why the fatigue hits so early in pregnancy – there are athletes who didn’t realize they were pregnant until they saw their performance declining.

When to Donate Blood so You Don’t Screw up Your Workout Routine

There’s not much that’s more essential to your running (and your life) than your blood.

The more oxygen-carrying power your blood has, the faster you can run. Without enough oxygen, your body is quickly plunged into acidosis, the deep burning sensation in your legs that you feel at the end of a race or a hard workout.

Doing anything that would decrease your body’s oxygen-carrying potential would be crazy right?

Well, maybe not if it can save somebody’s life.

Source: How Donating Blood Impacts Your Training and Racing (And 4 Strategies to Mitigate the Impact)

Blood donation groups like the Red Cross advise against heavy exercise the same day you donate, to avoid reopening the needle wound and because you may feel dizzy or faint from low blood pressure.  Be aware that frozen blood has a 48-hour lifespan, compared to four weeks for fresh blood, makes me understand why there are constantly blood drives.  But the last time I checked, those on blood thinners are not allowed to donate.  If you can, please consider donating or encouraging those who can to donate blood.

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