What exercises should be avoided while pregnant?
There are certain exercises and activities that can be harmful if a woman does them during pregnancy. Avoid:
- activities where falling is likely (such as skiing and horseback riding)
- contact sports such as softball, football, basketball and volleyball
- any exercise that may cause even mild abdominal trauma, including activities that include jarring motions or rapid changes in direction
- activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing
- deep knee bends, full sit-ups, double leg raises and straight-leg toe touches
- exercise in hot, humid weather
What are warning signs to quit exercising while pregnant?
Stop exercising if you:
- experience chest pain
- have abdominal pain, pelvic pain or persistent contractions
- feel faint, dizzy, nauseated or light-headed
- notice an irregular or rapid heartbeat
- have sudden swelling in the ankles, hands or face
- are short of breath
- have difficulty walking
- have muscle weakness
- feel cold or clammy
- have vaginal bleeding
How soon can I exercise after my delivery?
Most women can safely do low-impact activity 1-2 weeks after a vaginal birth (typically 3-4 weeks after a cesarean birth). It is best to ask a doctor how soon you can begin your exercise routine after delivering your baby.
Webmd. Pregnancy. Available at https://webmd.com
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