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Gestational Diabetes: Safe Exercise - Topic Overview

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After the fourth month, avoid any exercise that requires you to lie flat on your back on a hard surface. The increasing size and weight of your uterus will press on the large blood vessel that returns blood from your lower body to your heart.

As you get further along in your pregnancy, you may feel less stable on your feet or have trouble balancing well. At this point, you should avoid any activities that may cause you to fall, such as skiing or roller-skating.

During pregnancy, do not:

  • Start a new or more strenuous exercise program without checking with your doctor first.
  • Use exercise to lose weight.
  • Exercise if you feel hungry.
  • Exercise during hot, humid weather, or if you are not feeling well.
  • Continue dangerous sports, such as horseback or motorcycle riding, water skiing, diving, parachute jumping, or scuba diving.

If you have a history of repeated miscarriages, your doctor may advise you to avoid exercises that require your body to bear extra weight (such as running) during the first 3 months. There is no evidence, though, that exercise causes miscarriage.

Your baby will not be harmed if you can't exercise because of a complication of your pregnancy or an existing chronic illness or condition. You may be able to do simple exercises in bed, with your doctor's approval.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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