When not to exercise during pregnancy

When not to exercise during pregnancy

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Sometimes working out 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.

When to avoid exercise during pregnancy

In general, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises against aerobic exercise during pregnancy if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Certain types of lung and heart disease
  • Cervical insufficiency or cerclage (premature dilation)
  • Multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, or more) if you're at risk for preterm labor
  • Persistent bleeding in the second or third trimester
  • Placenta previa after 26 weeks
  • Preterm labor during the current pregnancy
  • Ruptured membranes (meaning your water has broken)
  • Preeclampsia or gestational hypertension
  • Severe anemia

Some women with these conditions may still be able exercise under close medical supervision. Talk with your healthcare provider about the best plan for you.

When to check with your provider before exercising

Having certain other conditions means you need to exercise with caution. Ask your provider to recommend a safe exercise routine if you have:

  • Anemia
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Poorly controlled type 1 diabetes
  • Poorly controlled high blood pressure
  • Morbid obesity or extreme underweight
  • History of a very sedentary lifestyle
  • Intrauterine growth restriction in your current pregnancy
  • Bone or joint injuries, or other orthopedic problems
  • Poorly controlled seizure disorder
  • Poorly controlled hyperthyroidism
  • History of heavy smoking

Signs of a potential health problem or pregnancy complication

Even if your doctor gives you the go-ahead to get regular physical activity, pay attention to signs that may indicate a problem with your health or the pregnancy. Stop exercising immediately and contact your healthcare provider if you have:

  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Dizziness or a feeling you might faint
  • Headache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Calf pain or swelling (which could indicate a blood clot)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Chest pain
  • Recurring abdominal pain or contractions
  • Fluid leaking (or gushing) from your vagina
  • Shortness of breath (This is common during pregnancy but can sometimes signal a problem such as asthma or fluid in the lungs.)

Watch the video: Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy? Parents (May 2022).