Physical activity during pregnancy
Precautions to take
Moderate physical exercise during pregnancy does not increase the risk of miscarriage or affect your baby’s development. However, certain precautions are essential: if you were highly athletic before becoming pregnant, you will have to modify your activities!
- Before beginning any activity, ask your doctor if it is safe for your stage of pregnancy. Certain medical conditions require avoiding any unnecessary effort.
- Do not take part in sporting competitions during your pregnancy.
- Avoid overly strenuous efforts and listen to your body: stop as soon as you feel tired.
- Drink liquids often to avoid dehydration. Avoid athletic energy drinks, which are discouraged during pregnancy.
- Wear an exercise bra with wide straps for optimal chest support.
- Have a snack ready to nibble on at the end of your exercise.
- Take care of your joints, which are more flexible, but also more fragile during pregnancy.
- In the third trimester, reduce the intensity of your exercise.
- Immediately stop all physical efforts and visit your doctor if you experience dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, unusual pains or vaginal bleeding.