Pregnancy and physical activity

Pregnancy and physical activity

by Richard Kozinski

Moderate physical activity when you are pregnant is not only safe but also it can bring a lot of benefits. However, you should choose an appropriate type of sport, which is not going to be harmful for you and your baby. It is important to do a mixture of aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening physical activity. It is recommended to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

In general physical activity is healthy and safe for every pregnant woman, but some of them should talk to the doctor before they decide to do sport. This group includes pregnant women who have heart problems, lung diseases, vaginal bleeding, high blood pressure, signs of preterm labour, placenta praevia, a multiply pregnancy, diabetes, seizures, thyroid disease, severe anaemia and bone or joint problems.

If you are allowed to do physical activity but you notice some anxious signs, you should stop and contact with your provider. Among these signs may be: calf pain or swelling, excessive shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, feeling faint, painful contractions, leakage of amniotic fluid, signs of labour, a severe headache, pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding.

The most common activities when you are pregnant are walking and swimming. You can attend some special classes for pregnant women. If you decide to do another exercise class your instructor should be informed that you are pregnant. Some women aren’t sporty type, but 30 minutes’ physical activity are recommended, so try to walk instead of going by car, to take the stairs instead of the lift. When you do housework, gardening you are also active.

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