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When Not to Exerice During Pregnancy

If, you experience or have any of the following, consult your health care provider before exercising:

  • Persistent uterine contractions (more than 6-8 per hour)
  • Absence of fetal movement
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Anemia
  • Spotting/bleeding
  • Twins or other multiple pregnancy
  • Baby is small
  • Placenta previa
  • Incompetent cervix

See Stone & Eddleman, at 115.

A pregnant woman should stop exercise immediately if she experiences any of the following:

  • Bloody discharge from the vagina
  • Any gush of fluid from vagina
  • Unexplained pain in abdomen
  • Persistent headache or change in vision
  • Unexplained faintness or dizziness
  • Fatigue, heart palpitations or chest pain
  • Sudden swelling of ankles, face or hands
  • Swelling, pain and redness in one calf
  • Extreme thirst or lightheaded feeling
  • Regular contractions

See Stone & Eddleman, at 42-43, 117.


I believe that sticking to a walking regimen while permitted by my obstetrician has (i) helped me maintain my weight within normal limits, (ii) reduced any swelling, (iii) strengthened my core and legs, and (iv) helped with digestion. Of course, before starting any exercise regimen, consult with your doctor to see whether you are permitted to exercise and to talk about the recommended frequency, intensity and duration of the exercise.     

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