Pulse Rate is Not Ideal for Monitoring
Pulse rate may not be the best measure for intensity in regards to a workout, pregnant or not. Pulse rate, heart rate, is equal to the number of times your heart beats per minute. In my opinion, using one’s pulse rate to limit and monitor exercise is not ideal. Every woman is different and every situation is different.
- Everyone’s genetic make-up is different. We are talking their DNA. Heart rates can vary from person to person as much as 15-30 beats per minute. This is even the case for identical twins.
- Age is only a number. Yes, 30 is the new 20, and age doesn’t really matter in the world of fitness, but age does affect beats per minute. In general, younger people have a faster heart rate than older people. That means that an active 22-year-old may have a faster pulse rate than a sedentary 30-year-old.
- The type of exercise and the consistency of training actually leads to adaptation in the body. Those that exercise more regularly with some high intensity intervals are going to have a heart rate that is lower and better acclimated to imposed demands and stressors.
- Hydration and nutrition will set the foundation. Yes, these two will affect not only your immune system, skin, and overall wellbeing, but also your heart rate. Yes the foods you eat will have an affect on your body.
If you are pregnant, then I recommend checking-in with the way your body feels before, during, and after workouts. I also advise being able to hold a conversation during workouts. Training that involves built in reset such as intervals are always a good option. You know your body better than anyone, so give yourself limits and no when to slow down and know when it’s okay to push forward.