Exercise during Pregnancy

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it’s important to discuss exercise with your obstetrician before you begin an exercise program. If your healthcare provider gives you the OK to exercise, you can decide together on an exercise routine that fits your needs and is safe during pregnancy. Your doctor might advise you to avoid exercise if you have the following conditions or pregnancy complications:

  • Certain types of heart and lung diseases
  • Cervical insufficiency or cerclage
  • Being pregnant with twins or triplets (or more) with risk factors for preterm labor
  • Placenta previa after 26 weeks of pregnancy
  • Preterm labor or ruptured members (your water has broken) during this pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure
  • Severe anemia

While exercising, listen to your body. If your body tells you to slow down, follow its advice, no matter how fit you are. Watch for dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, fatigue and shortness of breath. These can be signs of stroke, which can threaten the life of you and your baby. Chest pain, abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding are other danger signs telling you to slow down, stop and get help if you need it. Never exercise through pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down or stop. Discuss pain and other danger signs with your health care provider.

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