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Frequently Asked Questions About Exercises During Pregnancy

Find here some of the FAQ's that a pregnant women may have:

Why should a pregnant woman exercise?

Doing regular exercises will:

  • Improve your muscle tone and strength that make it easier for you to adapt to any new changes that your pregnancy may bring. 
  • Help you carrying the extra weight you gain during pregnancy.
    Prepare you for the physical challenges at labor and delivery.
  • Helps you relax and sleep better
  • Helps you getting back in shape after delivery.
Who should not exercise?
  • Pregnant women with heart diseases, asthma, and diabetes.
  • Women with low lying placenta
  • Women with spotting and/or bleeding
  • Women with previous premature births
  • Women with a weak cervix
  • Women with recurrent miscarriage
  • Women who have a history of early labor
What exercises and activities to avoid during pregnancy?

 Avoid the following activities:
  • Exercising in hot and humid weather.
  • Avoid sports such as Football, basket ball and volleyball.
  • Any activity that causes abdominal pain or discomfort.
  • Any activity that demands extensive running, jumping, skipping, waist twisting movements, deep knee bends, leg raises, full sit-ups, hopping, or any heavy exercises.
  • Have spotting or vaginal bleeding.
  • Have noticed a sudden leak of fluid from your vaginal.
  • Have noticed an irregular or rapid heartbeat
  • Have swelling in your hands, ankles, or face.
  • Have chest pain, abdominal pain, pelvic pain, or contractions.
  • Have headaches.
  • Have noticed decrease in fetal movements (your baby movements) or absence of fetal movements.
How soon to exercise after delivery?

It is quite normal for any women to be eager to get in to shape as quickly as possible and most women start doing low-impact activities within 1 to 2 weeks after a normal delivery (vaginal delivery) and 3 to 4 weeks after a cesarean delivery (C-section). Try doing normal floor exercises in consultation with your doctor. Start doing high impact exercises or activities six weeks after delivery to prevent any risk.

Which exercises are best during pregnancy?

Almost all the exercises are safe during pregnancy as long as you do not overdo it. Activities like brisk walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, and indoor bicycling is considered to be safe and hardly carry any risk and these can be continued until delivery

Try the following exercise that are safe in pregnancy and you need to lessen the activity as you come close to your delivery.  Talk to your health care provider before starting any new exercise that is completely new to you.

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