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When Exercise is a No-No

If your doctor instructs you to stop exercising, you may wonder if your pregnancy will still be healthy. When doctors make decisions about whether a pregnant woman should exercise, they compare the risks with the benefits. For a woman with an uncomplicated pregnancy, exercise is a healthy choice because the benefits outweigh any possible risks. However, if you begin your pregnancy with certain health problems or develop them along the way, your doctor may decide that exercise could complicate your pregnancy. In that situation the healthier choice for you is not to exercise because the risks of exercise outweigh the benefits.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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