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Benefits of playing

tennis when pregnant

Dr. Alexis Colvin, USTA Chief Medical Officer  |  July 15, 2017
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Regular exercise provides many benefits for good health, and that doesn't stop for a woman when she becomes pregnant. Staying active is an important part of a healthy pregnancy and is good for both mom and baby.

Exercising while pregnant provides a variety of psychological and physical benefits, including:

1. Improved discomfort of pregnancy from fatigue, varicose veins, leg swelling and low back/pelvic pain
2. Less depression
3. May help ease delivery

 

RELATED: Mommy and Me: Playing while pregnant

If you are expecting and want to play tennis, here are a few pregnancy pearls to consider:

1. Stay hydrated
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing
3. Consider combining tennis with lower-impact activities, such as swimming

Of course, be sure to get clearance from your OB before starting any exercise program.

 

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