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
- 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
- Pain in your pubic bone area
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Severe nausea
- Leakage of amniotic fluid