Exercise During Pregnancy

THE FOLLOWING ARE GUIDELINES CONCERNING EXERCISES.

  • You should always get the approval of your caregiver before starting or continuing any fitness program. You may be advised against any exercise if you have a history of three or more miscarriages, ruptured membranes, premature labor, bleeding, a diagnosis of placenta previa, an incompetent cervix, cardiac disease or a multiple pregnancy. You may be advised against vigorous exercise if you have high blood pressure, thyroid disease, anemia, diabetes, a history of precipitous labor, intrauterine growth retardation, bleeding during the present pregnancy or if you are excessively over or underweight.
  • Limit strenuous exercise (anything that raises your pulse rate above 140 beats per minute) to no more than 15 minutes at a time, separately by no less than 30 minute intervals.
  • Don’t let your body temperature exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Centigrade.
  • Avoid excessive jerking and bouncing as with high impact aerobics and deep joint extensions as with deep lunges or stretches during calisthenics.
  • Be sure to include a 5 to 10 minute cool-down with your exercise routine.
  • Never overdo it. If you feel exhausted, dizzy, or faint, stop and rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids when you exercise.
  • Don’t exercise while lying down flat on your back when you are more than 4 months pregnant. The weight of your uterus will interfere with the flow of blood through the vena cava (the vein that transports blood back to the heart). This can impede normal blood flow to the uterus.
  • Stop working out and notify your caregiver if you have any of the following: pain, bleeding, shortness of breath, palpitations, back pain, difficulty in walking or an abnormally fast heart rate.