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When Should A Pregnant Woman Stop Exercising?


Pregnancy and exercise go hand in hand. If you want to stay active right through your pregnancy, you need to keep fit and eat the right type of foods too.

Experts often state that if you were practicing yoga or going to the gym before getting pregnant, it is necessary to continue even when you are in the 3rd or 4th trimester. However, there should be a limit to exercising and a woman needs to draw a line.

Also Read: Exercise & Pregnancy: 8 Things To Be Aware Of

As you go deeper into the pregnancy period, your body will become a lot more heavier. You will face problems like swollen feet and legs, pain in the lower back and will often feel restless and tired.

When these signs occur, the only thing you need to do is to take a good amount of rest.

By resting your feet in warm water, it will help to decrease the swelling. For lower back aches, the best thing a pregnant woman can do is to go in for prenatal massages.

Regular massages can help ease the pain and simultaneously decrease body ache as well.

Also Read: 7 Rules For Safe Pregnancy Exercise

Experts also state that when a woman follows a regular exercise schedule, she will have an easier delivery.

So, if you are the type of lady who can't keep her feet off the ground and is in love with exercising, take a look at when a pregnant woman must stop exercising for the welfare of her child:



If you constantly feel giddy while exercising, it is important to take rest immediately. Drink sips of water and breathe in deeply to calm your nervous system.



Along with feeling tired, a pregnant woman will feel light in the head as well. And, this leads to an ache. At the same time, when you exercise you sweat a lot, this dehydration causes a headache.


Chest Pain:

Chest pain is a common worry most pregnant women face, especially at the end of the 2nd trimester. This happens due to the weight of the womb you are carrying around, which affects the back as well as the chest.


Shortness Of Breath:

Shortness of breath is another reason why women should stop exercising. If you face this problem of breathing constantly during your exercise hour, let your body relax and breathe in slowly.


Vaginal Bleeding:

Vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy is something to be worried about. If you witness slight bleeding while exercising, it is necessary to rush to the hospital immediately, as you might be having a miscarriage.



Contractions are painful, and it is a sign that you are in labour. If you are witnessing a contraction pain, it is best to visit a maternity hospital at the earliest. There are some exercises which cause early contractions, and it is best to stay away from those type of exercises.


Rapid Heartbeat:

Rapid heartbeat is another warning for you to put an end to any of the exercises you are doing. If your heart constantly beats rapidly, it is necessary for you to take a break and relax.

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Story first published: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 16:00 [IST]
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