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Physical Exercise

  • Exercise in Pregnancy


Exercise in Pregnancy

Aka: Exercise in Pregnancy, Sports Participation in Pregnancy
  1. General Recommendations
    1. Continue a regular Exercise program in pregnancy
    2. Swimming may be best Exercise in Pregnancy
  2. Activities to avoid
    1. Avoid more than light weight lifting
    2. Avoid hyperextension activities
    3. Avoid raising Body Temperature >30 minutes
    4. Avoid starting strenuous Exercise in Pregnancy
    5. Avoid Scuba Diving
    6. Avoid travel to altitude >13,000 feet or 4000 meters
  3. Contraindications to strenuous Exercise
    1. History of 3 or more Spontaneous Abortions
    2. History of Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)
    3. History of premature labor
    4. History of cervical incompetence
    5. History of Placenta Previa
    6. History of Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR)
  4. Stretching Exercises
    1. Back
      1. While sitting, alternate straight and curved back
    2. Abdomen
      1. Alternate leg raises tones abdominal muscles

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