|Even though we’re huge advocates for exercising during pregnancy, there are certain things that should definitely be avoided during this time. Remember your baby’s health and wellbeing will always come first and outweigh any fitness goals or dreams of climbing the Everest.
As for the duration and intensity of the exercise, you can maintain the rhythm you had before after checking with your doctor first. There are exceptions though, below is a list of exercises that you should avoid during this time due to the stress they inflict in your system and the risk that comes with them:
According to the American Congress of Obsteticians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you shouldn’t exercise at all if you have one of the following:
The ACOG lists the following red flags as signs that you should stop exercising right away and go see your doctor:
It may seem like overwhelming lists and things to look after. Take your time reading through them and taking note of what applies to you and discard what doesn’t. If you’re not sure about something or need reassurance, reach out to your doctor.