Exercise in Pregnancy

Most doctors would recommend that pregnant women perform about 30 minutes of gentle exercise most days of the week. Gentle exercising includes walking and swimming. Avoid exercise that may cause falls on your belly such as netball or gymnastics. Regular exercise can help with your energy levels, and sleep. It can improve symptoms of pregnancy such as back pain, leg swelling, cramping, and constipation.

When you exercise, drink plenty of fluids. Start slowly and maintain a steady heart rate. Avoid exercising in hot conditions. Wear a bra that supports your breasts. Stop if you feel any of the following: light-headedness, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, contractions, fluid leaking from your vagina, or vaginal bleeding. Avoid lying flat on your back (to do sit-ups for example) after 3 months of pregnancy.
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