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BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Please read for important MD information regarding exercise and exercise during pregnancy

  • MD Clearance
    • While I am a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, I am NOT your OBGYN or primary care physician. The information provided is not intended to be construed as medical advice, nor does it superseed your MD’s recommendations. Please consult your MD / OBGYN / midwife / pelvic floor PT before beginning any workout program. 
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Guidelines for exercising during pregnancy - taken directly from the ACOG’s Committee Opinion paper (italics are my own). Click here to view full text.
    • Precautions - AKA - Make sure that you consult with your MD prior to any exercise program if you have any of these conditions
      • Anemia
      • Unevaluated maternal cardiac arrhythmia
      • Chronic bronchitis
      • Poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes
      • Extreme morbid obesity
      • Extreme underweight (BMI less than 12)
      • History of extremely sedentary lifestyle
      • Intrauterine growth restriction in current pregnancy
      • Poorly controlled hypertension
      • Orthopedic limitations
      • Poorly controlled seizure disorder
      • Poorly controlled hyperthyroidism
    • Contraindications - AKA - DO NOT exercise unless explicitly given permission by your OBGYN 
      • Hemodynamically significant heart disease
      • Restrictive lung disease
      • Incompentent cervix or cerclage
      • Multiple gestation at risk of premature labor
      • Placenta previa after 26 weeks of gestation
      • Premature labor during the current pregnancy
      • Ruptured membranes
      • Preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension
      • Severe anemia
    • Warning Signs to Discontinue Exercise - AKA - “Listen to your body by watching for these symptoms!”
      • Vaginal bleeding
      • Regular painful contractions
      • Amniotic fluid leakage
      • Dyspnea before exertion
      • Dizziness
      • Headache
      • Chest pain
      • Muscle weakness affecting balance
      • Calf pain or swelling