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When to Avoid Exercise During Pregnancy

Dr. Marianne Watkins, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecologist Specialist

Contraindications for Exercising During Pregnancy

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Premature labor
  • Persistent bleeding after 12 weeks
  • Incompetent cervix (a cervix that dilates ahead of schedule)
  • Poor fetal growth
  • Multiple birth pregnancies (for women who were inactive prior to pregnancy
  • Restrictive lujng disease
  • Hemodynamically signifiant cardiovascular disease

When Exercise is Not a Good Thing

  • Asthmatic bronchitis
  • Anemic
  • Unnecessary stress - trying to fit it in or when you're too tired
  • If it becomes compulsive

The American College of obstetrics and gynecology has a list of absolute contraindications for exercise in pregnancy and this includes preeclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, rupture of membranes, premature labor, persistent bleeding in the second and third trimester, and incompetent cervix - where the cervix does not stay closed during pregnancy and a stitch may be in place. Interuterine growth restriction, or poor fetal growth, multiple birth pregnancy - where these women are increased risk for preterm labor - restrictive lung disease, and hemodynamically significant cardiovascular disease. People who have asthmatic bronchitis with exercise or women who are anemic due to their pregnancy, probably should not exercise. Also, women who are just too busy in their daily life where it's actually becoming a stressor for them to get into the gym and exercise. And lastly. women who it's almost an obsession for them to exercise, probably should decrease the amount that they do exercise during pregnancy.