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PHYS-OGUE

EXPECTING TO EXERCISE

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GENERAL ADVICE FOR LOW RISK WOMEN

  


There is little doubt these days that exercise is good for healthy women during uncomplicated an pregnancy. In fact there is good evidence to suggest that if regular exercise is maintained throughout pregnancy, women will be in better shape for birth and experience fewer complications.


“…… all women should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy …… (and) advised that adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes are not increased for exercising women. ……exercise throughout pregnancy is also associated with a reduction in the length of labour and incidence of delivery complications …… (and) evidence to date has suggested fetuses of exercising women may tolerate labour better than those of non-exercisers.”


                                                                                                   RCOG Feb 2015


Most pregnant women who exercise regularly will have measurable results including:


































SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS.


Hormonal changes in pregnancy lead to raised joint laxity and can potentially raise the risk of injury during exercise, so always consider the following:



Stop exercising and seek medical advice if you experience:


  • Chest pain, palpitations, dizziness or excessive shortness of breath.
  • Abdominal pain or leakage of vaginal fluid or vaginal bleeding
  • Pelvic girdle pain.
  • Excessive fatigue, headache, calf pain or calf swelling
  • Reduced Fetal movements


Always discuss your plans with your midwife/doctor and confirm that yours is a “low risk” pregnancy. They know you and your history and will be able to advise specifically. A high risk pregnancy does not mean that you should not exercise, but may mean that some extra advice from your consultant team is required. Always inform your instructor of any changes in your condition.

EXERCISE IN PREGNANCY

References

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Statement 4 “Exercise in Pregnancy” Feb 2015  

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (ACPWH) 2010

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2008

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