Warning signs when to stop exercising and call your health provider
If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop exercising and call your health provider right away.
Source: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Obstetrics & Gynecology, volume 99, number 1, January 2002, pages 171-173.
Most common questions
Are there any exercises I should not do during pregnancy?
Yes. Don't do exercises, like riding a bike, that could make you lose your balance. You don't want to fall and hurt yourself or your baby. Don't do activities that have potential for serious injury. These include horseback riding, scuba diving, downhill skiing or a sport in which you could get hit in the stomach. Stay out of saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms, and don't do things that could make you overheated. After your first trimester, keep from doing activities that make you lie flat on your back.
Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?
For most women, yes. Unless your health care provider advises you otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby. Some circumstances make sex during pregnancy unsafe. Pregnant women who have any of these health complications should talk to their provider before having sex:
- A history or risk of miscarriage
- A previous preterm birth or other risk factors for preterm birth
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding, discharge or cramping
- Leaking amniotic fluid
- Placenta previa (when the placenta is low and covers the cervix)
- Incompetent cervix (when the cervix is weakened and opens too soon)
Usually, a woman can continue sexual activity during pregnancy as long as she feels comfortable. Talk to your health care provider about any specific questions.