Physical Activity During Pregnancy

Physical Activity During PregnancyPregnancy is not a disease, so most women are advised to generally continue doing their daily activities.

Physical activity: in spite of the broadly broadened opposite view, there is no reason why you should avoid physical activity during pregnancy – unless your doctor recommends it.

Regular physical activity, especially walking or swimming, will probably help you feel good and stay in good shape, even though there is no evidence that it can contribute to the development of child. It would be advisable to avoid difficult sports, especially those where there is a chance of injury, such as riding. However, you can generally do all the activities – of course, after talking to a doctor – in which you enjoy, but also try to avoid any excessive effort.

Travel: the trip will probably tire you more than before, so you have to consider it when planning any trip. Most airline companies will not transport women in the last weeks of pregnancy due to the possibility of unexpected birth. So, first contact the company agency if you plan to travel by plane. If you suffer from morning sickness or motion (travel) sickness, try to avoid any travel. If, despite your pregnancy, you have to travel far, ask your doctor to recommend you an antiemetic (a remedy for vomiting and nausea); never buy and take these medications yourself if you are pregnant.

If your doctor has given you any documentation of your pregnancy, always carry it with you so that doctors – if you need any urgent surgery – might be more fully acquainted with your condition as soon as possible. Do not go to distant travel if you recently have had a threatening abortion, if you are expecting a baby in the next two weeks, or when your pregnancy is accompanied by certain complications requiring detailed knowledge of your case (if there is a need for an emergency intervention).

Work: a woman can start her maternity leave 2 weeks or more (depending on the country and the workplace) before childbirth. If your doctor thinks your job has become too difficult for you or if you had problems during your earlier pregnancy/pregnancies, your doctor will advise you to stop working early. However, if you feel good, there is no medical reason why you should not continue to work.

Sexual intercourse: if pregnancy is normal, you can have a sexual intercourse throughout the whole pregnancy. Some women feel a greater desire for sexual intercourse during pregnancy, while others are completely indifferent; in such cases, desire almost always returns to normal after childbirth. If you have had abortions in recent pregnancies or have recently had a threatening abortion, it is probably best to avoid sexual intercourse until about the 16th week of pregnancy.

In the last four weeks of pregnancy, you are advised to have a sexual intercourse while laying on side, because this position will probably be more comfortable for you. Namely, a partner (in this case) will not penetrate deep into the vagina and thus reduce the risk of premature birth.