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When Not to Exercise during Pregnancy

Doctors may advice against exercising during pregnancy if an expectant mother is coping with certain health problems. Read on to know when it is not advisable to exercise during pregnancy?

For any expectant mother, exercise should be in an integral part of her daily routine. Not only does exercise ensure the regular movement of one’s body during the pregnancy period, it also helps in reducing stress, anxiety and calming the blood pressure. Exercise should be done under careful supervision during the pregnancy period. As the body is under severe pressure, it helps if one is sure about the exercise practices they take up.

However, there can be times when exercise does not necessarily bring the soothing effect one desires. A hint of discomfort accompanied by pain and restlessness can also be one of the many implications of exercising. Expectant mothers must not go too hard upon their bodies as it can have an adverse effect. The patterns of exercising for non-pregnant women and pregnant women contrast sharply.

When to Avoid Exercise Strictly

Expectant mothers that suffer from heart disease that has a significant impact on the blood circulation in the body should avoid exercise. This is because it causes a rise in blood pressure, also called pulmonary hypertension. Anyone with a lung disease, including severe asthma should also avoid exercise. Cervical insufficiency is also a hindrance to exercising for pregnant women.

If there is a risk of pre-term labour, or multiple pregnancy (twins or triplets), exercise should be avoided. If there is persistent second or third trimester bleeding, it is an indicator for exercise to be stopped as physical movement may just aggravate the problem.

However, there is hope for the ones who love exercising. Gentle body movements like moving of feet, hands and arms can be done to keep the body active. If there are other light exercises, they can be done, but only after seeking approval from a healthcare specialist.

The Signs that Exercising Must be Brought to an End

While physical activity is linked to a healthy pregnancy period, it must not be overdone. If you feel dizzy or faint during any of the sessions, it is a clear sign that your body is not ready to cope with so much stress and hence exercising must be stopped. Vaginal bleeding is another factor which calls for immediate termination of all exercising routines.

Pain in the muscles and chest, along with severe headache can be a result of the extra toll exercise takes on your body. Make sure not to exert your muscles to a breaking point as it may cause prolonged periods of pain, along with insomnia making it difficult for you to sleep.

Calf pain and swelling can be an indicator of a blood clot and should bring your training sessions to a stop.

The Myths and Facts around Exercising

Certain constraints may not make exercise suitable during pregnancy for some women. In this case the health requirements of the body can be met through an efficient diet. Nutrient requirements should be met at an average basis daily. If your doctor does not recommend you any exercise, it then becomes important to have a strict diet as prescribed by a doctor with all the required minerals. Junk food must be avoided at all costs. While exercising, it is important to understand the limitations of one’s body. If one overdoes or puts extra stress on their body, this can result in ruptured membranes and in some cases a physical injury.

Exercise is a helpful factor for any woman during pregnancy. Many specialists recommend exercise to be a part of the daily routine for expectant mothers. However, it must be understood that one should not exercise when certain health condition do not permits her to do so. One can go for training sessions after a break of one or two days and also have it weekly if the body does not hold up and all this should be done after consulting a doctor and under the supervision of a certified trainer.

At the end of the day, it is you and your child that matters and therefore it becomes important for you to understand what is the foremost thing that your body needs and when.

When is it not safe to exercise during pregnancy? What kind of exercises should be avoided during pregnancy? Which exercise can be practiced safely during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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