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Baby Bump: Exercise Warning Signs

There are so many changes going on in a mommy-to-be's body that it's hard to decipher what needs attention and what doesn't on an everyday basis, let alone when exercising. Whether you were a weekend warrior or a gym rat prior to getting pregnant, there are a few warning signs you should look out for as you get your heart rate up. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that you stop exercising and call your doctor if any of the following occurs during (or after) a workout:

  1. Vaginal bleeding
  2. Dizziness or feeling faint
  3. Increased shortness of breath

There are six other warning signs. To check them out, just

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  1. Chest pain
  2. Headache
  3. Muscle weakness
  4. Calf pain or swelling
  5. Uterine contractions
  6. Decreased fetal movement
  7. Fluid leaking from the vagina

Above all, don't push yourself. Pregnancy is not the time to try your fastest pace at a mile run, or beat your record for holding a plank. Exercise is good for you and your growing bundle of joy, but it's equally important to listen to your body and know when to stop.

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