Exercise during pregnancy is considered a basic building block of health. More than likely your health care provider will have you continue with routines you are involved in or start you on an exercise regimen if you are not active at all. Exercise is usually helpful for both you and your baby.
Too much exercise can be a problem. Similarly, too strenuous of exercise can introduce risks. It is always important to put safety and health first. This is true whether you are pregnant or not. However, during pregnancy your exercise has effects on more than just one person. There are exercise warnings signs you should be aware of that may indicate you need to change your exercise routine.
Exercise Warning Signs
Check with your health care provider if you experience any of the following exercise warning signs during pregnancy:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Unusual pain
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Unusual shortness of breath
- Racing heartbeat or chest pain
- Fluid leaking from your vagina
- Uterine contractions
- Muscle cramps
- Stop if you feel tired, too hot, cramped, lightheaded, or dizzy
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Compiled using information from the following sources:
Planning Your Pregnancy and Birth Third Ed. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ch. 5.
American Academy of Family Physicians, http://familydoctor.org/