Maternal and Infant Health Program Maternal and Infant Health Program

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  Maternal and Infant Health Program
  P.O. Box 142002
  Salt Lake City UT

Main Points to Remember About Pregnancy and Exercise
Courtesy of the Utah WIC Program

Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy:

  • Gives you energy
  • Improves your mood
  • Improves your posture
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
  • Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling

Signs That You Should Stop Exercising & Call Your Midwife or Doctor

  • Contractions
  • Decreased baby movement
  • Feeling faint or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or irregular heartbeat
  • Increasing shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Calf swelling or pain

Signs That You Should STOP RIGHT NOW and Go To The Hospital

  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Fluid Leaking From Your Vagina

Who Cannot Exercise in Pregnancy

Women with:

  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Premature labor in the current pregnancy
  • Multiple babies put you at risk for premature labor
  • A weak cervix
  • Persistent vaginal bleeding
  • Placenta previa during the last 3 months
  • Severe heart or lung disease

Don’t exercise to the point that you lose weight
Warm up and cool down slowly
Do your stretches
Keep your heart rate so you can talk
Avoid high impact sports
Avoid sports where you might fall
No scuba diving
Don’t ignore warning signs
Don’t get exhausted

This Information was reproduced with permission from an article by Regula Burki, MD, FACOG which was published in the Sports Guide Magazine. (2/04)

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

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