ISSA Unit 28 - Exercise and pregnancy
ISSA Unit 28 - Exercise and pregnancy

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1: Describe how exercise can benefit pregnant women

  • Reduce the prevalence of back pain,
  • Enhance prenatal weight management
  • Improves mental health.
  • Improves digestive health
  • Enhance levels of energy for activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Reduces postpartum belly.

2: What are the absolute contraindications of exercise for pregnant women?

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Premature labor
  • Multiple gestations
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Placenta previa.

3: What are the relative contraindications to exercise for pregnant women?

High blood pressure anemia or other blood disorders,
Thyroid disorders,
Diabetes,
Palpitations, or irregular heart rhythms,
Extreme weight fluctuations (high or low),
A history of precipitous labor, a history of intrauterine growth retardation,
A history of bleeding during the current pregnancy and an extremely sedentary lifestyle.

4: What precautions are necessary to minimize potential hazards and maximize benefits for pregnant women?

Precautions that are taken into account are the type, intensity, duration, and frequency of aerobic exercise, which should be tailored according to the individual woman’s needs. These should generally be low-impact exercises.

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Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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