Pregnancy Fitness Safety

October 1, 2009 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

There are manybenefits to exercising during pregnancy: Exercise helps reduce swelling, backaches, and boosts energy, posture and strength. It also helps you sleep. But there are times when exercising and pregnancy don’t mix.  Below is a list of contraindications from the American Collage of Obstetrics and Gynecologists.  Please remember it is always necessary to consult with your physician before beginning a fitness routine, especially when you become pregnant.


  • Incompetent cervix/cerclage
  • Multiple gestation at risk for premature labor
  • Persistent second or third trimester bleeding
  • Placenta praevia after 26 weeks gestation
  • Premature labor during the current pregnancy
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Haemodynamically significant heart disease

If you have any of the conditions below it may not be safe to exercise during pregnancy.  Each pregnancy should be evaluated carefully.

  • Severe anemia
  • Unevaluated maternal cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Poorly controlled type I diabetes
  • Extreme morbid obesity
  • Extreme underweight (body mass index < 12)
  • History of extremely sedentary lifestyle
  • Intrauterine growth restriction in current pregnancy
  • Poorly controlled hypertension/pre-eclampsia
  • Orthopaedic limitations
  • Poorly controlled seizure disorder
  • Poorly controlled thyroid disease
  • Heavy smoker
  • A pregnant woman should cease exercising and contact her health care provider if she experiences:

    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Dyspnoea before exertion
    • Headache
    • Chest pain
    • Muscle weakness
    • Calf pain or swelling (need to rule out thrombophlebitis)
    • Preterm labor
    • Decreased fetal movement
    • Amniotic fluid leakage

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