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When not to exercise during pregnancy

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Last updated: April 2013

Sometimes exercise during pregnancy is strictly forbidden to protect your health or your baby's health (or both). Check with your healthcare provider before starting, continuing, or changing your exercise program.

Conditions preventing exercise during pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises against aerobic exercise if you have any of these conditions while pregnant:

  • Heart disease that significantly affects the way blood circulates in your body, such as pulmonary hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure)
  • Lung disease, such as severe asthma or chronic bronchitis (an inflammation of the bronchial tubes)
  • Cervical insufficiency/cerclage (premature dilation)
  • Multiple pregnancy (twins or triplets, for example) if you're at risk for preterm labor
  • Persistent second- or third-trimester bleeding
  • Placenta previa after 26 weeks
  • Preterm labor
  • Ruptured membranes (meaning your water has broken)
  • Preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure)

You may still be able to do limited movements, such as exercises to strengthen your arms and back. Be sure to ask your doctor

whether it's safe for you to walk, gently stretch, and do other low-impact activities. Ask your healthcare provider to tell you exactly what activities are not allowed and whether you need to cut back on the intensity or duration of your workouts.

Also, exercise with caution if you're a heavy smoker, extremely obese, very underweight, or unused to being physically active.

Signs to stop exercise during pregnancy

Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Even if your doctor gives you the go-ahead to work out, don't overdo it. Stop exercise immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Calf pain or swelling (which could indicate a blood clot)
  • Contractions or preterm labor
  • Decreased fetal movement (Keep in mind that the baby is often most quiet when you're most active.)
  • Fluid leaking (or gushing) from your vagina

Category: Forex

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