If you’re expecting, we are certain that the above question has been popping in your head multiple times. Most women can and should exercise during pregnancy depending on the type and level of exercise they are advised. Even then we cannot ignore how complex the human body is and also the implications of the multiple changes that the endocrine system is exposed to during pregnancy. Some health conditions and pregnancy complications may need you to act otherwise and take it easy. You may still be able to work out after discussion with your GP or obstetrician.
If any of the below conditions applies to you, consult your doctor/midwife before you take on a new exercise during pregnancy:
- You have pre-eclampsia or high-blood pressure since the time you became pregnant. You must know that this is a pretty common condition in pregnant women.
- You are carrying more than 2 babies and have been told that you might be delivering sooner than your date.
- Your placenta is lying low after 26 weeks of pregnancy (placenta praevia).
- Your baby is growing more slowly than expected in your womb.
- You have frequent vaginal bleeding that keeps coming and going.
- You experience cervical weakness.
Also, consult with your GP if :
- You were overweight (BMI>40) or underweight (BMI<12) before pregnancy
- If you had high BP before pregnancy
- If you’ve had vaginal bleeding early in the pregnancy
- You have very low iron levels
- You have a heart or lungs problem like asthma
- You have joint or muscular pain
- You are a heavy smoker
- You are expecting more than one baby
- You have had a premature baby before
- You have uncontrolled diabetes
You may still be able to do some exercise, but consult with your doctor first.
You can still do exercises to strengthen your arms and back or go for walks. You can also do pelvic floor exercises.