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Exercise dos and don'ts for pregnant women

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Health Desk—November 03, 2017: Pregnancy is undoubtedly an experience which gives the feeling of completeness to a woman. Participation in a wide range of recreational activities appears safe during & after pregnancy.


In the absence of either medical or obstetric complications, 30 to 40 mins of moderate physical activity at least 3 days/wk is recommended.

Women who were sedentary prior to pregnancy should begin with light intensity low impact activities such as walking & swimming.

Pregnancy requires an additional 300 Kcal/day.

> Exercising indoor may provide more environmental control to avoid excess heat, cold & air pollution.

> Appropriate clothing, environmental considerations and adequate hydration should be priorities during exercise program to prevent hyperthermia.

> Maternal hypoglycemia may be associated with strenuous exercise therefore one has to increase carbohydrate intake (eg.30 to 50 g) with food and sports drink prior to exercise.


> Motionless standing results in venous blood pooling, so it should be avoided.

> Avoid exercise in lying down position & motionless standing position.

> Avoid brisk exercise in hot, humid weather or when you have a fever.

> Avoid exercise that involves the risk of abdominal trauma, fall and excessive joint stress. When exercising, pregnant women should be aware of signs & symptoms for discontinuing exercise and seeking medical advice.


Courtesy: Times of India