Exercise during pregnancy is considered a normal and healthy part of care. More than likely your health care provider will have you continue with routines you are involved with or start you on something 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 things have effects on more than just one person. There are exercise warnings signs that could signal a concern or need for something different.
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, light headed, 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/