Exercise and Morning Sickness
Exercise while experiencing morning sickness is always a challenge with our clients. It’s important to find a balance when it comes to intensity. Completing a moderate intensity workout will cause your body to release endorphins, which can help combat morning sickness by reducing stress and fatigue. That said, an increase in your body’s core temperature can make morning sickness much worse. How hard a person can exercise to find that fine line between feeling great and feeling ill is a case by case basis. Not only does it depend on the person, it also depends on how that person slept, what they ate, the time of day, as well as many other factors.
Schedule Your Workouts
If you are experiencing morning sickness, but you don’t want to lose sight of your fitness goals I recommend identifying a time of day where your morning sickness is manageable. Schedule your workouts around when you feel best, you are more likely to complete them. If you experience morning sickness at random times throughout the day, take advantage of the random times when you do feel good to get moving.
For many women, a quick sniff of mint essential oils can provide a quick relief from nausea. Listen to your body when deciding what to eat. You will very quickly learn which foods do and don’t cause you to feel sick (though I suggest you stay away from fast food, even if you are craving it). Keep the room which you are planning on exercising in cool to combat the increase of core temperature.
Listen to your Body
Take longer breaks in between your exercises and understand that you don’t need to workout as hard as you did before you were pregnant to stay healthy and fit though your pregnancy. Lastly, have a plan and be prepared for if you start to feel sick. If you start your moderate intensity workout, and you begin to feel nausea coming on, have a lower intensity backup plan that you can switch to such as yoga.
If you have any questions about exercise and morning sickness don’t hesitate to contact us.