I was told by my midwife to stop exercising as I was diverting the blood flow away from my baby. I was so worried that I had harmed my baby. The obstetrician was shocked that a midwife told me that. What have you been told?

Have you been given some bad advice during pregnancy?


Posted by deb_gs, 23rd April 2015


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  • Are you sure she didn’t mean vigorous exercise ? I don’t think you should be jumping and doing heavy weightlifting etc , but light exercise such as walking , maybe even pilates etc is good for you . Having said that I have heard mothers who still continue to play team sports etc , but I just think you do need to take care , but use a bit of common sense as well. Ask the doctor if people confuse you as you don’t need that in your life now .


  • You can’t be serious!? Michelle Bridges is exercising flat out, I don’t think she would be risking her baby. I was told a little bit of alcohol is fine during the 2nd half of the pregnancy. As if!!!


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  • Yeah I had similar ‘advice’ about exercising from s much older midwife. She was shocked that I was still exercising at 30 weeks. Obviously I had my doctors approval and was taking it easy but i wasn’t going to just sit on the couch all day.


  • i was told during my first pregnancy to take the last month easy and to stop exercising so i sat on the couch for the last 4 weeks. worst birth i ever had! for the next 4 kids i made sure i got exercise every day and their births were relatively easy


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  • Oh my goodness, my list is so long. The advice doesn’t stop once the baby is born either.


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