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Q&A: What Kind Of Exercises Aren't Safe For Pregnancy?

What kind of exercises aren't safe for pregnancy?

Thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day is always encouraged during pregnancy; but there are definitely some safety guidelines you should follow when keeping fit during pregnancy — not to mention some activities you should skip altogether. Get the rundown on what not to do:

Don’t exercise at all if you have...
Heart or lung disease
- Incompetent cervix or cerclage
- Placenta previa
- Ruptured membranes
- Preeclampsia
- Multiples or another condition that puts you at risk for going into premature labor

Steer clear of...
Exercising to the point of exhaustion.
- Exercising while lying on your back during the second and third trimesters.
- Raising your body temperature too much. (Drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting clothes, and avoid working out in rooms with elevated heat — i.e., skip the hot yoga.)
- Activities that up your risk of falling and hurting your abdomen (such as basketball, soccer, in-line skating, gymnastics, horseback riding, or racquet sports).
- Scuba diving — it’s not safe at any point during your pregnancy.

Call your doctor if you experience...
Muscle weakness
- Vaginal bleeding
- Calf pain or swelling
- Dizziness
- Headache
- Overheating
- Pain in your pubic bone area
- Shortness of breath
- Cramps
- Chest pain
- Severe nausea
- Leakage of amniotic fluid

By Tracey Mallett