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Healthy pregnant women without exercise contraindications are encouraged to exercise while pregnant.

Regular exercise while pregnant may help control gestational weight gain, improve wellbeing and mood, and may play a role in the prevention of pregnancy-related complications. Prior to starting an exercise program, all pregnant women are advised to talk with their health care provider.
The PARmed-X for PREGNANCY was developed as a screening tool for pregnant women who wish to exercise.


Exercise and Pregnancy

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Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

Higher incidence of:

  • Vaginal delivery

Lower incidence of:

  • Excessive gestational weight gain
  • Gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Gestational hypertension, Preeclampsia
  • Preterm birth
  • Cesarean birth
  • Lower birth weight

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Common Exercises Studied During Pregnancy (and Safe)

  • Walking
  • Stationary cycling
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Dancing
  • Resistance exercises (eg, using weights, elastic bands)
  • Stretching exercises
  • Hydrotherapy, water aerobics

Reasons to Stop Exercise and Consult Your Health Care Provider

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Regular painful contractions
  • Amniotic fluid leakage
  • Dyspnea before exertion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle weakness affecting balance
  • Calf pain or swelling



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