Exercise During Pregnancy

Posted by e-Medical PPT Monday, November 1, 2010
Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. Regular exercise during pregnancy can improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue.If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity in moderation. Don't try to exercise at your former level; instead, do what's most comfortable for you now. Low impact aerobics are encouraged versus high impact. Do not let your heart rate exceed 140 beats per minute.

Possible Benefits of Prenatal Exercises
  • Preservation or increase of maternal metabolic and cardiovascular capacities (fitness)
  • Facilitation of labor, endurance for labor and delivery
  • Promotion of faster recovery from labor
  • Promotion of good posture and body mechanics
  • Assistance in the management of gestational diabetes
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Prevention of low back pain, diastasis recti and urinary incontinence
  • Decreased risk of venous stasis
Absolute Contraindications to Exercises
  • Ruptured membranes, premature labour
  • Persistent second or third trimester bleeding/placenta previa
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension pre-eclampsia or toxemia
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Evidence of intrauterine growth retardation
  • Multiple pregnancy (e.g., triplets)
  • Uncontrolled Type 1 diabetes, hypertension or thyroid disease,other serious cardiovascular, respiratory or systemic disorders

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