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Which exercises should I avoid during pregnancy? (Pregnancy Query)

Wondering if you should continue exercising during your pregnancy? Here's all you want to know about it.

Written by Poorva Chavan |Published : January 2, 2015 12:31 PM IST

I go to the gym daily and love to exercise, but I am two months pregnant . Should I stop exercising completely or I can continue exercising? Also, are there any specific workouts or exercises that I should avoid?

You don't need to stop exercising completely. Actually doctors recommend that during pregnancy, women should be active and eat healthy but in moderation. Although you can take long walks, go for a swim or practice a little bit of yoga, there are a few things you should completely avoid like --

Abdominal crunches: They are to be avoided right from your first trimester or the first three months of your pregnancy as it puts pressure on your abdomen.

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Holding your breath for too long: Breathing is known to improve your blood circulation and is good for the baby too, but holding your breath for long hampers blood circulation due to lack of oxygen.

Straining your back: While floor exercises are advised, avoid anything that strains your back. Also, avoid exercises that need you to lie on your back for more than 2 minutes as the weight of the belly puts pressure on the main blood vessel and hampers circulation. You may like to read more about other exercises to avoid during pregnancy.

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