In our article “16 Exercise tips for pregnant women
“, we looked at several reasons why pregnant women need to exercise. However, depending on the state of your health, there may be exercises that could be dangerous to your health.
If you have medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension or diabetes or Pregnancy-related conditions such as vaginal bleeding or spotting, low placenta (low-lying or placenta previa), threatened or history of recurrent miscarriage, Previous premature births or history of early labor, or weak cervix.
Physical changes may also be a reason why you should be cautious with exercise,
You may experience physical changes during your pregnancy that will create extra demands on your body.
§ There may be increase demands for oxygen and energy in your body as a result of internal changes and during the development of your baby
§ There may be increase risk of injury as result of relaxin hormones that is produced during pregnancy. They cause the ligaments that support your joints to stretch.
§ You can lose balance more easily because of the extra weight and the uneven distribution of your weight which alters your center of gravity.
§ You may also easily lose your balance as a result of the extra weight that puts more stress on your joints and muscles in the lower back and pelvic area.
Under these conditions, exercise may not be advisable hence it is important to consult with your health care provider before beginning any exercise regimen. Your health care provider may be able to recommend exercise guidelines relevant to your medical history.
Keep in mind the changes listed below and remember to be attentive to pain and discomfort and adjust activities or exercise regimen as necessary.