General Exercise Guidelines

  • drink-waterEnsure you are well hydrated, prior, during and after exercise.
  • Avoid gastrointestinal discomfort by eating at least one and a half hours prior to exercise.
  • Do not exercise to exhaustion or undue fatigue.
  • Modify intensity of exercise according to symptoms and stage of pregnancy.
  • Avoid rapid changes in direction and exercises that require extremes of motion.
  • Avoid anaerobic pace – leaving you short of breath
  • Include warm ups and cool downs. Increase these periods as it ail take your body slightly longer to adapt to the demands of exercise while pregnant.
  • Avoid exercising in hot weather, high humidity or high pollution areas.
  • Strenuous exercise should not exceed 30 minutes; 15 – 20 min intervals are recommended.
  • Avoid exercise that requires you to spend long times on your back, very important once you reach 20 weeks as this can impede blood flow to the baby.
  • Avoid Valsalva manoeuvres’; holding your breath – this can lead to rapid increase in blood pressure, followed by a rapid drop in arterial pressure.

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