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
- Exercise if you feel hungry.
- Exercise during
hot, humid weather, or if you are not feeling well.
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.