Exercise guidelines for pregnant women

consensus statement

 All pregnant women should get a clearance from their Obstetrician before starting or continuing to exercise during their pregnancy.
 There are certain contraindications to exercise in pregnancy such conditions as threatened pre-term labour or bleeding and this needs to be discussed with the Obstetrician.
 Healthy pregnant women, with no other contraindications can continue to exercise as per the recommendations for the Healthy Adult - A minimum of 30-60 minutes of Aerobic activity per day.
 The aerobic activity should be low impact. Avoid high impact activities like running or high impact aerobics or contact sports.
 Resistance training should be performed to strengthen the specific muscles about 2-3 times a week.
 One exercise per body part can be chosen
 2-3 sets of 12-15 repetitions of each exercise using light weights may be done.
 Stretching to be done for a few minutes everyday.
 Pelvic floor strengthening exercises may be continued throughout the pregnancy.
 As the pregnancy advances the woman may be unable to exercise at the same intensity as during the first two trimesters. She may continue to do a low intensity aerobic workout, stretches and relaxation everyday.

There are some do's and dont's while exercising in pregnancy-

• Avoid very high intensity exercise
• Avoid exercising in the heat.
• Drink enough water
• Avoid high impact exercise or contact sports
• Stop if you feel faint or dizzy
• Avoid exercise if there is a history of pre-term labour, hypertension or bleeding.
• Avoid any exercise that requires you to lie on your back after the first four months of pregnancy.
• Exercise with perfect form to avoid injury.

After a normal delivery she may start exercising once she feels comfortable which may be in a week to ten days. After a caeserean she can start exercising after six weeks.

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