When not to exercise during pregnancy

when not to exercise during pregnancy

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

Source: babycentre

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