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Here are the top exercises to avoid when pregnant:

  1. Contact sports or activities where you are more likely to fall over.
  2. Be careful lifting any weights over your head, especially if you tend to get light headed or dizzy.
  3. After about 14 weeks, it is not recommended to do any exercises on your back.  The weight of the baby can slow the return of blood to your heart.
  4. Abdominal exercises – crunches, sit ups etc can be ineffective during pregnancy and may make the condition known as diastasis recti abdominis (a painless splitting of the abdominal muscle at the midline) worse.
  5. I would also minimise any high impact/jumping exercises. Instead keep them low impact!
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  • Thanks for sharing this important information.

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  • I believe its also advisable to stay away from sauna’s and spa’s and this could possibly bring on a miscarriage.

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  • A good reminder of what to avoid when exercising and pregnant.

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  • Cant say ive worried to much about excercises as my doctor said no, but if I do get to do some I will take on board this information

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  • great advice and much appreciated :)

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  • Bug eye opener. Thanks for the advice

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  • Low impact and go go!

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  • nice advice. and most of all take care of yourself.

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  • thanks for this, I have most certainly learned something today

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  • Common sense is the key at any time with exercise, but especially when pregnant. If you think it might not be wise, then it probably isn’t. Or as my Nanna used to say “when in doubt, don’t”.

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  • very interesting tips to avoid injury while pregnant

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  • I think the key is low impact exercises! Swimming is excellent when preg!

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  • this would have been handy when i was pregnant :)

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  • When I was pregnant I did lots of yoga, weights and walking to keep fit.

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  • a good read, I think most pregnant women would change their exercise habits when finding out they are pregnant

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