I don’t do zumba but I am 7 months pregnant and spoke to my doctor RE what exercise is safe. I also have two midwives in my immediate family who have given me advice.
Basically if you are used to doing it and you are comfortable go for it. You don’t want to take up a new activity in case you hurt yourself. The reality is according to the most up to date medical research that exercise is more likely to help your babies health than hinder it even if it feels a little strenuous to you.
Things like gestational diabetes, complications with birth due to lack of physical strength to endure a labour leading to a caesarian and post natal depression are all much more common problems and much bigger risks to you and your baby than a moderate, exercise regime you are well adapted to. Your chance of having these problems will really increase if you are so worried about exercise you don’t get any.
It is no longer considered neccessary – by the professionals I spoke to – to wear a heart rate monitor.
According to my doctors there is a tonne of misinformation out there about pregnany and if we and our babies were as breakable as people often belive the human race would never have survived.
You are supposed to be careful for the sake of your own ability to carry your baby without putting your back out etc – not so much because exercise will be of any risk to your baby at all.
Don’t go sky diving, ride something you can fall off or expose yourself to heat and if there are particular zumba movement which don’t feel right for your back etc modify what you do. You don’t have to stop at all.
I used to cycle a lot outside – when I got pregnant I changed to cycling on the stationary bike inside immediately in case of an accident. In the last month or so I have become too big to move my legs in a normal position so I have changed to using the stationary recumbant bike.
At the start of my pregnancy I would use the rower in the gym but as my belly got bigger i stopped because the range of movement I needed was not there.
I have been doing some moderate weight training for over 10 years and I know my limits and what is good technique and how it can help my scoliosis effected back so I have continued that. I don’t do extremely heavy weights and I wouldn’t recommend someone who has no experience to start weight training when pregnant – in case they hurt themselves – them hurting the baby is fairly unlikely.
From the people I have spoken to if something goes wrong with your pregnancy it very unlikely to be your fault unless you are extremely reckless – smoke, drink, cage fight etc. If something goes wrong it’s more likely to be unlucky genetics (of you or your baby) or you being extremely unhealthy regardless of your pregnancy.
Don’t stress yourself out and just have fun. Actually that is one thing my doctor DID say. Women who are very stressed prior to giving birth have a far higher risk of post natal depression so if exercise is a stress reliever for you that’s all the more reason to continue. I have only ever felt unwell during my pregnancy when I have been over-loaded with work, moving house etc.
When I have time to exercise I have balance in my life and that keeps me feeling great and my baby’s development has progressed perfectly despite my regular, sometimes out of breath with sore muscles exercise routine!