Exercise is a great addition to any healthy pregnancy but the health of your baby is the most important thing of all. So knowing when to put down the weights or hop off the treadmill and give yourself a rest is just as important.
No matter how fit you were before your pregnancy, you should not participate in any exercise with any of the following conditions:
Pregnancy Induced hypertension
Pre-term rupture of placenta membranes
Pre-term labor now, or in previous pregnancies
I ncompetent cervix
Persistent bleeding in 2nd or 3rd trimester
Intrauterine growth retardation
If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms while you are exercising, you should stop and seek medical attention right away:
Pain of any kind
Amniotic fluid leak
Shortness of breath
Swelling of the calves
Unusual absence of fetal movement
If you weren’t involved in a regular exercise program prior to getting pregnant, the 1st trimester isn’t the time to start. If you are interested in incorporating exercise into your pregnancy try walking or other light exercise initially but wait until your 2nd trimester to add more challenging activities.
By this time, morning sickness should have subsided, you’ll be feeling more energetic than before, and your body will be more ready to handle the demands of an exercise program.
Of course we recommend checking with your doctor about exercising while pregnant – regardless of your activities beforehand. They may have slight modifications and/or suggestions for you specifically.
For specific exercises to do during each trimester of your pregnancy, complete with photos and descriptions, check out The Fit and Healthy Pregnancy Guide.