Exercise During Pregnancy
Getting regular exercise during
pregnancy can often help reduce any physical discomforts. It can also help with recovery
after your baby is born. But talk with your healthcare provider or midwife before
an exercise program.
Physical activity may be especially
good for women with gestational diabetes. The American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists says that women who exercise and are physically fit before pregnancy
safely continue exercising throughout the pregnancy. Women who weren’t active before
pregnancy or who have health or pregnancy complications should talk with their healthcare
provider or midwife before starting any exercise during pregnancy.
All women should be assessed by
their healthcare provider or midwife before starting or continuing an exercise program
Exercise may not be safe if you have
any of these conditions:
Preterm labor in current or past
Leaking of amniotic fluid
Shortness of breath
Dizziness or fainting
Decreased fetal activity or
Increased heart rate
(tachycardia), although heart rate is often higher in pregnant women
Certain health problems such as
high blood pressure or heart disease
Don’t do these types of exercise during
Here are some exercises you should
not do while pregnant:
Any exercise that can cause a serious fall
Exercising on your back after
the first trimester. This is because of reduced blood flow to the uterus.
Vigorous exercise in hot,
humid weather. Pregnant women are less able to get rid of extra heat.
Exercise that makes you hold
your breath. This can cause more pressure in your abdomen.