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Pregnancy is a special time, so, when exercising, the health of you and your baby should always come first. You should know the warning signs to look for – that may indicate you need to stop exercising – so as to not put yourself or your baby at any risk.

These include:

  • Excessive shortness of breath. Towards the end of pregnancy, you will experience a certain amount of shortness of breath as the baby is pushing on your diaphragm.
  • However this refers to an abnormal, excessive shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or palpitations
  • Presyncope (fainting) or dizziness
  • Painful uterine contractions or preterm labour
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Abdominal pain, particularly in the back or pubic area
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) or Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Reduced fetal movement
  • Headaches which become progressively worse
  • Muscle weakness
  • Calf pain or swelling

If any of these symptoms do occur we would advise you to seek medical advice from either your GP or midwife immediately.

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