When to Stop Exercising and Call Your OB or Midwife

Exercising has great benefits for both mother and baby during pregnancy and beyond. In fact, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest some exercise on most if not everyday of the week.

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Benefits of Prenatal Exercise:
  • Better Sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Reduce chance of common ailments (constipation, hemorrhoids, backache, swelling, etc…)
  • Reduced risk of gestational diabetes
  • Reduced risk of pregnancy- induced hypertension
  • Fewer Obstetrical interventions
  • Lower Incidence of Cesarean sections
  • Quicker pushing phase in delivery

Before you start an exercise routine during pregnancy make sure you have the OK from your care provider. Generally, if you’re low risk you can continue your normal routine or if you’re new to exercise, gently introduce a new routine.

Remember you must not push yourself too hard. If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop exercising and call your physician:

  • Increased uterine contractions
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Fluid leakage from the vagina
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Back or hip pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling or edema
  • Numbness anywhere in your body

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A good rule of thumb to remember when exercising is that  you should be able to hold a conversation.  If you can’t talk to someone during the routine you should lower your intensity. During your pregnancy is not the time to push yourself.

Also, listen to your body.  If it doesn’t feel right don’t do it.  Because of increased relaxin, it is easy to go out of your normal range of motion so it’s important to know what your body limits are prior to your pregnancy.  There is a thing as too much stretching!

Here’s to all mamas exercising safely 🙂

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