Exercise, Travel, Nutrition, and Work (During Pregnancy)

A conglomeration of questions can arise about exercise, sex, travel, work, and nutrition during pregnancy. These are current health issues, even for women who are not pregnant, and basic principles apply. We will deal with each of these topics in order.
In general, during pregnancy it is safe to continue most exercise programs that you are already involved in, provided that you keep your pulse below 140 beats per minute. However, it is important to check with your doctor regarding your exercise routine before you continue with exercising once you realize that you are pregnant. This general statement about exercise being safe in pregnancy is true only if you are not having any problems or complications in pregnancy, such as cramping or bleeding or premature labor, etc., and only if the exercises that you do are not too vigorous. Conditions which would prevent you from exercising include premature labor, premature rupture of the membranes, toxemia, persistent bleeding in the second and third trimester, inadequate growth of the fetus, and incompetent cervix. Other preexisting medical problems also need to be taken into consideration when evaluating one’s exercise plan1…

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1 ACOG Technical Bulletin. Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. 189, Feb, 1994.

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