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It’s worth trying to get a gentle pregnancy exercise routine going around now so it’s useful to know what you’re not allowed to do before you get a regime established.
What to avoid when you're exercising during pregnancy
Rapid twisting and jumping movements.
Contact sports, or anything where you might get hit. So no judo, boxing, squash or anything like that.
Don't do any exercises lying on your back after about 16 weeks. The weight of your baby can put pressure on your blood vessels and make you faint.
Don't ry to push your joints to the limit. Pregnancy hormones make them a bit floppy, so best not to test them too much.
Running is fine early in pregnancy but may need to be modified as you get bigger. It is important not to overdo it.
Try not to do exercises where there's a high risk of falling, such as cycling, horse riding or ice skating.
Avoid the step machine in the gym and modify your gym routine as you progress through your pregnancy.
Don't go scuba diving or mountain climbing above 2,500m because of the risk of altitude sickness.
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