Staying active while being pregnant can be beneficial to you and the baby, however, many precautions should be taken when working out if your pregnant so the baby can be as safe as possible.
In terms of the best exercise machines to work out with during pregnancy, a cross trainer is one of them, due to how low-impact and easy to use it is, letting you have complete control over the intensity of your workout. A cross trainer is safe to work out with while you are pregnant, just make sure you are being cautious and listening to your body.
So as you can be confident using your cross trainer during your pregnancy, we have put together an extensive guide below which will cover the benefits of using a cross-trainer while pregnant, tips for using one safely and alternative exercises you can do.
Believe it or not, some exercises are off-limits when you are pregnant such as HIIT or hot yoga for example. A cross trainer on the other hand is very beneficial and preferred over other machines such as treadmills as they are low impact and easy on your joints, which is what you want when carrying extra weight.
Cross trainers also offer lots of control so as you can pick and choose what resistance is right for you and how fast you want to be working out on your trainer.
By using a cross-trainer regularly during pregnancy, it can come with a wide variety of benefits that you may not have considered, we will list a few out below.
If you have decided that adding a cross-training routine into your pregnancy is right for you and beneficial, then we have put together some tips below that will ensure you are exercising safely on the machine and not causing any harm to you or the baby.
Always start with the lowest resistance setting you can on your cross trainer then work your way up slowly, avoid going all out with your resistance as this can become too much for the baby. Remember you should always be able to hold a conversation while working out when your pregnant, if not then you are working out too intensely.
Especially when you get to the third trimester of your pregnancy you should be listening to your body while cross-training, any signs of dizziness, headaches or shortness of breath should be sure signs you need to stop your workout immediately.
You should take precautions to what your doctor suggests too for your pregnancy and watch out for any vaginal bleeding or decreased baby kicking as these can be danger signs.
During the first trimester of your pregnancy, you will likely have an over-relaxed pelvis due to the hormone relaxin being present. Make sure when warming up for your cross-training session you don't overstretch and only warm-up as much as you need to.
While pregnant it is not recommended for your heart rate to go over 140 beats per minute, otherwise, you could risk potentially harming the baby, you can always monitor your heart rate with a smartwatch. Your temperature should also not go above 100 degrees.
Working out on a cross-trainer during your pregnancy is fine, but it doesn't mean that you should overdo it. It is generally recommended that you start with a 10-minute session on your cross trainer then build up slowly to 30 minutes if you feel you can handle it.
We wouldn't recommend doing a 30-minute session more than three times a week.
Cross-training doesn't have to be the only safe exercise you can do when your pregnant, we have put together a few more recommendations below which are also good for keeping you fit while you are pregnant.
What is gestational diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a condition where women develop diabetes during pregnancy as their blood sugar becomes too high, this can be caused by hormonal changes and lack of physical activity during the pregnancy.
Who should always check with their doctor before working out on a cross-trainer when pregnant?
All pregnant woman should check with their doctor during pregnancy to see if its okay to do a particular exercise, but a woman who should check especially is; the woman who has a deep placenta, are at risk of early pregnancy, have high blood pressure, have joint issues or has had a miscarriage before.
What type of exercises should I avoid during the third trimester of my pregnancy?
Some exercises to avoid when you get to the third trimester of your pregnancy are jumps, ab crunches, heavy travel sports or high-intensity movements.
To round up our article, a cross trainer is very safe to use during pregnancy as long as you follow the right precautions and listen to your body when performing an exercise, if you experience any kind of discomfort during your cross-training exercise, stop right away or try an alternative more low impact exercise like prenatal yoga.