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Physical Activity During Pregnancy

Physical Activity During Pregnancy

23 June 2024
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  • It maintains your existing physical fitness
  • It aids digestion and prevents constipation
  • It contributes to blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus
  • It reduces the frequency of backaches and their severity
  • It enhances the overall sensation of well-being, satisfaction, and self-image
  • It promotes a return to optimal function after childbirth
  • It helps reduce stress levels, anxiety, and depression commonly associated with pregnancy

We have compiled the most frequently used questions and answers:

It is advised to engage in physical activity that involves large muscle groups (such as walking, swimming, and moderate aerobic activity) for at least 150 minutes throughout the week (for example, about half an hour a day, 5 days a week).

Everyone can exercise. Physical activity during pregnancy is recommended, even if you were not physically active before your pregnancy. It is essential to tailor the type of activity to your medical condition, fitness level, and the condition of your pregnancy. You should also consult with your medical team to develop a workout plan.

If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you can continue with the same activity and intensity, taking into account your medical condition. However, you may have to reduce the intensity or duration of your activity. Discuss this with your medical team. Additionally, it is also important to listen to your body during exercise and decrease intensity if discomfort occurs.

  • Refrain from staying in a sauna, hot jacuzzi, or hot baths, particularly in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Avoid activities that pose a risk of injury or falling, such as contact sports, ball games, artistic gymnastics, horse riding, and similar activities
  • Avoid any form of diving, whether in the sea or pool.

Sexual intercourse is generally permissible throughout pregnancy, except in specific high-risk situations where you should adhere to medical advice:

  • If you are at risk for premature birth due to placental abruption or premature contractions.
  • If you have received medical guidance recommending abstinence during pregnancy.