How much or how often you exercise during your pregnancy will largely be determined by your pregnancy history, as well as other factors such as your current fitness level. If you have had problems with preterm labor or other difficulties in a previous pregnancy, it is very important to discuss this with your doctor or midwife. While this may not affect your current pregnancy at all, more monitoring is generally indicated.
Keeping an eye on the signs and signals your body is sending you during this pregnancy will help you avoid certain problems. By listening, you and your practitioner can learn to tell when changes are going on that may indicate early labor, poor fetal growth, and other complications. These complications are not always predictable in pregnancy. However, if you experienced these problems in a previous pregnancy you might be at a higher risk for a repeated scenario.
Your current fitness level will play a large part in how you are able to handle exercise in this pregnancy. If you have previously been fit and have recently seen a decline in your fitness levels, this can be disappointing. Remember that pregnancy is a time of maintaining health and wellness, not of building yourself up into a newly buff body.
How will I know if I should stop exercising?
If you experience any pain, bleeding, excessive fatigue, dizziness, or any other symptom that concerns you, stop and talk to your practitioner before resuming exercise.