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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthy women should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says healthy women should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking during and after their pregnancy. It’s best to spread this activity throughout the week. The IOC statement appears Oct.

12 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for mom or baby, a new report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for mom or baby, a new report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says. Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for mom or baby, a new report from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says. But the committee also noted that there isn’t much evidence available on the impact of intense exercise during pregnancy, particularly the type carried out by elite athletes. HealthDay News — Strenuous exercise during pregnancy doesn’t appear to increase the risk of most pregnancy complications for mother or baby, a new report from the International Olympic.

Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. You will usually find it is even recommended. Typically, the first rule of thumb is if you were physically active before you were pregnant, it is likely safe to remain active during pregnancy. “As a general rule, all healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies are advised that regular, almost daily, exercise is a critical component of a healthy pregnancy.

Most exercises are safe to perform during pregnancy, as long as you exercise with caution and do not overdo it. The safest and most productive activities are swimming, brisk walking, indoor.

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Although an upper level of safe exercise intensity has not been established, women who were regular exercisers before pregnancy and who have uncomplicated, healthy pregnancies should be able to engage in high-intensity exercise programs.

“Exercise and Sporting Activity During Pregnancy: Evidence-Based Guidelines” by Rita Santos-Rocha
from Exercise and Sporting Activity During Pregnancy: Evidence-Based Guidelines
by Rita Santos-Rocha
Springer International Publishing, 2018

Thus, it is no longer controversial to suggest that moderate, nonexhaustive exercise during pregnancy will bring many health benefits, including less maternal weight gain, reduced risk of preeclampsia, a potentially more efficient placenta (rat), and a heavier baby with a healthy body composition.130,131

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The answer is D. Concerns have been raised about the safety of some forms of exercise during pregnancy.

“Bratton's Family Medicine Board Review” by Robert L. Bratton
from Bratton’s Family Medicine Board Review
by Robert L. Bratton
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2012

Compared to inactive women, women who participated in physical activity and regular exercise during the first 20 weeks of gestation experienced a 35% reduced risk for developing preeclampsia (OR, 0.65; 95% CI, 0.43–0.99).

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by Kathleen R. Simpson
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There are certainly some concerns regarding exercise during pregnancy when the mother has one or more conditions that place her pregnancy at high risk.

“Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults” by Jacqueline D Goodway, John C Ozmun, David L Gallahue
from Understanding Motor Development: Infants, Children, Adolescents, Adults
by Jacqueline D Goodway, John C Ozmun, David L Gallahue
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

In practice, moderate exercise in normal healthy pregnancy is encouraged as maternal and fetal health seem to benefit.

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Athletes can continue with exercise training during pregnancy, but intensity should be lowered [69].

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from The Active Female: Health Issues Throughout the Lifespan
by Jacalyn J. RobertMcComb, Reid L. Norman, Mimi Zumwalt
Springer New York, 2014

Thus, clearance from her doctor before beginning an exercise routine during pregnancy is extremely important.

“Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine” by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
from Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
by Lyle J. Micheli, M.D.
SAGE Publications, 2010

Sedentary pregnant women should not initiate high-intensity exercise programs, yet moderate exercise should be encouraged.

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There is evidence that mild to moderate exercise is beneficial during normal pregnancy, but vigorous exercise should be avoided.

“Introduction to Maternity and Pediatric Nursing E-Book” by Gloria Leifer
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by Gloria Leifer
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

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  • Madam I have single umbilical artery, BP and gestational diabetes. Iam in 7th month. Till now no exercise prescribed for me. Shall I try exercise. I want to have normal delivery

  • Really super video mam….this is going to be beneficial for all pregnant ladies….thanking you from the bottom of my heart…your presentation was very clear and useful…keep your good work going mam….inspite of your busy schedule you have dedicated your time for mking this amazing video…thankyou once again…i m now 6 mnths pregnant mam…going to start your exercise from today mam…

  • Thank you Mam,I followed this excercise and got normal delivery.Blessed with girl baby..Thank you so much. God bless you with you good health,wealth and happiness..Can you share post delivery excercise too?it will be useful for us

  • Great video!!! Super informative. I’m not pregnant yet but was planning on drinking kombucha and still taking maca!! (Saw conflicting answers online). Now I’m not taking that chance.

    That would mean I would need to avoid raw unpasteurized honey and raw apple cider vinegar right? Are probiotics pills safe? Thank you so much!