Important Exercise Tips During Pregnancy
Staying active during pregnancy can help reduce muscle aches, increase energy, improve mood and posture and help you sleep better.
Regular activity in pregnancy can also help you prepare for labor and childbirth.
Avoid jerky or high-impact motions that can increase your risk of injury since pregnancy hormones can cause laxity of the ligaments that support your joints.
Walking, swimming, cycling and aerobics are great forms of exercise during pregnancy. You can continue doing exercise that your body is used to doing.
Swimming either in the pool or lake is approved as long as there are no pregnancy problems (loss of mucus plug, bloody show).
Some activities should be avoided during pregnancy including downhill skiing, contact sports, and scuba diving. Other activities with a risk of falling or trauma should be avoided as well including water skiing, ice skating, horseback riding, mountain climbing, and gymnastics.
You should avoid abdominal crunches or laying flat on your back for more than a few minutes at a time after 18 weeks.
If you have risk factors for preterm labor or are suffering from vaginal bleeding or premature rupture of membranes, you may be advised to avoid exercise.
Be sure to talk with your provider regarding your exercise routine.
Discontinue exercise and call our office right away if you experience the following: vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, regular painful contractions, amniotic fluid leakage, dyspnea before exertion, dizziness, headache, chest pain, muscle weakness affecting balance, or calf pain / swelling.