For most women, exercise during pregnancy is safe, particularly if you were physically active before you became pregnant. If you are healthy, it is probably safe to start or continue an exercise program during pregnancy, but it’s best to talk to your obstetrician to make sure he or she doesn’t have any concerns or restrictions that you should follow.
- Helps improve your mood
- Can help you sleep better
- May relieve bloating and constipation
- Can decrease back pain
- Increases your energy level
- Improves your posture
- Can help you not to gain excess weight
- May increase your strength and fitness and ultimately make it easier to cope with labor
Exercise may also make it easier for you to lose the pregnancy weight after the baby is born.
You will want to avoid high-intensity aerobics, jumping or contact sports. Make sure to drink plenty of water and be careful not to hold your breath during exercise. Don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion or try to ignore warning signs that your body gives you such as pain or lightheadedness.
If you are carrying multiples, your doctor may advise against exercise because of the risk of going into preterm labor. Other conditions may become apparent as your pregnancy progresses that make exercise no longer safe, such as preeclampsia or placenta previa after 26 weeks of pregnancy.
As your uterus grows, you may find that you are more and more short of breath. This may make it more difficult to do any type of strenuous exercise.
- Leaking fluid or blood from the vagina
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or swelling in the calf
- Painful or regular uterine contractions
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your OB/GYN right away. Throughout your pregnancy, keep in contact with your obstetrician and communicate how much you are exercising and how you are feeling.
If you’d like to see a gynecologist at NSAGO, please contact us at our Wilmette or Glenview locations.