Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

When Should I Stop Exercising?

Pivarnik suggests that pregnant women who exercise monitor signs of potential problems, keeping in mind that if there's something wrong with the pregnancy, it's not caused by exercise. Rather, exercise might provide that extra bit of stress that brings the problem to the forefront. "Don't ignore these symptoms (see below), especially if they keep happening when you exercise," Pivarnik says. Stop exercising and consult your doctor if you have:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Light-headedness
  • Excessive nausea
  • Extreme headaches

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