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Will exercising affect my pregnancy?

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Dr. Apoorva Pallam Reddy, Gynaecologist at Mathrutva Fertility Centre, Bangalore, India advises against exercise in some cases of pregnancy. Read on to know more.

Pregnant women are always advised to indulge in a mild form of exercise, yet there are certain cases where it is best avoided.

Even if you have a normal pregnancy, always consult your gynaecologist before starting any exercise regime. Some of the best forms of exercise advised to pregnant women are prenatal yoga, swimming and walking. Never choose any activity that may hurt you or cause you to fall. Don’t do sit-ups after the 3rd month of pregnancy. Avoid taking saunas, hot tub bath and steam bath.

Do not exercise if you have:

  1. A lung or heart disease
  2. Multiple pregnancies
  3. Bleeding during the last two trimesters
  4. A ruptured membrane or your water is leaking
  5. Hypertension
  6. Placenta previa
  7. Preterm labour or history of premature deliveries
  8. Cervical insufficiency
  9. Severe anaemia
  10. Dizziness, convulsion or fainting episodes

“If you belong to any of the categories mentioned above of difficult pregnancies, please consult your doctor before adopting any form of exercise. Avoid physical exertion during pregnancy as you might be putting your baby and your life at risk. Listen to your doctor’s recommendation and trust your instinct.”

If your doctor has given a green signal to exercise, you should immediately stop is and seek medical attention in case of:

  1. Troubled breathing
  2. Vaginal bleeding
  3. Dizziness and fainting
  4. Headache
  5. Chest pain
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Swelling or pain in legs
  8. Contractions
  9. Leaking of amniotic fluid

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