Exercise During Pregnancy
1.Is exercise during pregnancy recommended?
Ans: Yes. Exercise is recommended during pregnancy as it is beneficial for both the mother and the child.
2.How long should I exercise a day?
Ans: According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you can exercise in moderation for 30 minutes or more every day, as long as you don't have a medical condition or complication (see below).
3. What type of exercises are suitable? Any precautions to take?
Ans: Most exercises are safe during pregnancy provided one exercises with caution and in moderation. Swimming, brisk walking, stationary cycling and low-impact aerobics carry little risk of injury and can be done in moderation. One should avoid exercises that require too much balance or coordination.
Exercise may not be advisable if there are medical problems, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes and if there is any of the following: • Bleeding or spotting in pregnancy • Low placenta confirmed by ultrasound examination • Threatened or history of previous recurrent miscarriage • Previous premature births or history of early labor • Incompetent or short cervix confirmed by obstetrician