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Exercise

Most pregnant women can continue to exercise although some changes to their routine may be necessary. 


Women with these conditions should not exercise:
  • Preterm labor or risk factors for preterm labor
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Premature rupture of the membranes
During exercise make sure to:
  • Stay well hydrated – drink plenty of liquids
  • Wear comfortable clothing and a well-fitting bra
  • Monitor your heart rate and slow down if you are not able to talk normally
  • Avoid any exercises on your back after the first trimester
Stop exercising immediately and call your doctor if you experience:
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Uterine contractions
  • Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid
  • Calf pain or swelling
  • Decreased fetal movement
Safe activities during pregnancy include:
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling on a stationary bike
  • Low-impact aerobics
Avoid these activities during pregnancy:
  • Snow or water skiing
  • Contact sports such as soccer, basketball and ice hockey
  • Scuba diving
  • Riding a roller-coaster
  • Horseback riding