Is Exercise while pregnant safe?


      Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

      If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start most types of exercise, but you may need to make a few changes. The P3T program caters to the needs of Soldiers in different trimesters of pregnancy. There is a separate exercise leader for each group. Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or early delivery. You must be cleared by your health care provider prior to being enrolled in P3T.

      Are there certain conditions that make exercise during pregnancy unsafe?

      Women with the following conditions or pregnancy complications should not exercise during pregnancy:

          • Certain types of heart and lung diseases
          • Cervical insufficiency or cerclage
          • Being pregnant with twins or triplets WITH risk factors for preterm labor. If there is not a risk for preterm labor, Soldiers with twins or triplets may participate with medical clearance.
          • Placenta previa after 26 weeks of pregnancy
          • Preterm labor or ruptured membranes (water has broken) during this pregnancy
          • Preeclampsia or pregnancy induced high blood pressure
          • Severe anemia


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