February 24, 2016

How to Have a Heart Healthy Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy by Dr. Dyanne Tappin

“Can I exercise during my pregnancy?’ “How do I stay active during pregnancy?” “Is exercise safe during pregnancy?” — These are common questions that patients ask me quite frequently during prenatal appointments.

Staying healthy and active with a good exercise routine during pregnancy is very important. I encourage my patients to stay active for both her and her baby’s health. Being active for most, if not all, days for at least 30 minutes a day can help a woman during her pregnancy by increasing her energy and helping with her mood; promoting good muscle tone, strength, and endurance; helping with sleep; and relieving common pregnancy symptoms like back pain, bloating, swelling, and constipation.  It is very important to always review your exercise routine prior to and during the pregnancy with your doctor or midwife. Also there may be medical or obstetrical complications where a pregnant woman cannot be active and/or on partial or complete bedrest and these should be reviewed and followed with your provider.

Sports that are generally healthy during pregnancy include walking, swimming, cycling, and appropriate aerobics adjusted for pregnancy. A woman should remember to stay well hydrated during  and after their exercise routine, wear comfortable clothing, and most important, listen to her body for warning signs. Such warning signs include: bleeding, dizziness, muscle weakness, increased cramping or contractions, chest pain, and/or shortness of breath. Any persistent and/or severe warning signs should be followed up with a woman’s provider or a woman should go directly to the emergency department. Sports that should be avoided include those that may involve falling, possible direct contact to the body, or activities that call for jumping, jarring motions, or quick changes in direction that may strain the joints and cause injury.

Stay active– Let’s keep your heart healthy during pregnancy!

Dr. Dyanne Tappin is a member of Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center on the campus of Salt Lake Regional Medical Center.  She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Tappin then earned her Medical Degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  She served a residency in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center at Tufts University in Springfield, Massachusetts. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Tappin is also board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  During her studies, she served as a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic, and as a fellow for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.  Most recently, Dr. Tappin practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology in Queen Creek, Arizona. Dr. Tappin has a special interest in well woman care, normal and high risk pregnancy, pregnancy planning and contraception, and menopause management. In her leisure time, Dr. Tappin enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, writing, and travelling and exploring new cuisines and cultures. Dr. Tappin is accepting new patients, please call Rocky Mountain Women’s Health Center at 801.214.7650.