I just found out that I am 8 weeks pregnant. I have been working out for several months and would like to continue my workouts, but I want to make sure that I am doing everything safely. What do you recommend?

First, I would make sure that you check with your doctor to make sure there are no risk factors for you or your unborn child. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has established safe guidelines for the prescription of exercise for women who are pregnant. Since you have an established exercise program, it is reasonable that you can continue the same routine as long as you feel comfortable. Since you are still in the first trimester, fatigue may be the biggest challenge for you. Once you are through the first trimester, your energy level should return, allowing you to maintain your program. After the 12th week, you should avoid all exercise in the supine (laying down) position. Your cardiac output is decreased in this position and therefore will be decreased to the uterus as well. Check with a certified personal trainer that has experience working with pregnant women to find alternate ways to strength train safely and effectively.
Another concern for the pregnant client is adequate hydration. Make sure that you are hydrating before, during and after your exercise sessions, especially if you are exercising in warmer climates.

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