Exercising When You're Expecting
Who Shouldn’t Exercise
Dr. Judith Brown, RD, MPH, PhD, recommends that women with the following complications avoid exercise:
- premature rupture of the membranes (PROMS)
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- heart disease
- a weak cervix
- second- or third-trimester bleeding
Listen to your body. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercising immediately and consult your physician:
Before kicking off any exercise program, follow the following important tips:
- Wear comfortable and lightweight clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Invest in a good support bra and comfortable non-slip shoes.
- Drink lots of fluids. Pregnant women are more likely to suffer from dehydration. A good indication of whether you are dehydrated is to check your urine; if it is clear, your fluid levels are fine.
- Don’t overdo it! Pregnancy is not the time to begin a strenuous fitness program. It is also advisable to check with your doctor before exercising during pregnancy. If you are used to exercising, take it slowly and you will probably be able to maintain your routine with only a few adjustments.
Dr. Stoppard says it is unadvisable to reach the stage of breathlessness while exercising during pregnancy. If you can’t carry on a conversation during your workout, you need to slow down and reduce your intensity.
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