Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

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Re: Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

Post by LauraBeck12 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:20 am

Awesome info!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
I contacted a peri and she said swimming/ yoga and such are reccomended! I'll lay off the running.

Re: Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

Post by tree » Fri Nov 30, 2012 09:55 am

I haven't gotten pregnant again, but I did ask about exercise as part of a discussion on managing a future pregnancy. My doctor said that she would tell me to continue doing whatever I was doing before pregnancy as long as it was comfortable. She told me not to over do it and to keep my heart rate under a pretty low limit compared to my age calculated maximum. She generally advises against starting new types of exercise during pregnancy or increasing intensity. My doctor did not put any restrictions on my non-pregnant activity and ordered me to get moving again when I had trouble losing the weight.

I exercised during my last pregnancy, and I noticed some pretty firm limits on what I could do. I was able to walk, swim, do pilates and prenatal yoga for most of it. During my second trimester, I biked and cross country skied a bit. I started having serious trouble with aerobic exercise after about 25 weeks, and I dialed it back pretty dramatically after that. Light exercise made me feel better and reduced my swelling when I could manage it.

The research on exercise and preeclampsia is inconclusive. While exercise has long-term cardiovascular benefits, it does not seem to offer any short term benefits during pregnancy. Several years ago, a British study found that really intense exercise in the first trimester increased the risk of severe PE.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster ... nd-pr.html
I could not find any other studies that supported that result. A more recent study found that exercise reduces the risk factors for PE.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2011/10/1 ... eclampsia/
It seems that most doctors consider exercise as one of those things that probably doesn't hurt and probably doesn't help much. I think it really depends on how you respond to exercise (feel better or feel worse?) and what your doctor thinks about your particular situation.

Re: Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

Post by holly3372@msn.com » Fri Nov 30, 2012 08:29 am

My doc said swimming and walking he feels are best

Re: Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

Post by sam10 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 04:26 am

My doctors actually wanted me to exercise during pregnancy (continue my pre-pregnancy routine as long as comfortable and within acceptable limits for a pregnant lady). As soon as PE hit this time around I was put on bedrest and that meant no more activity at all. But at that point I could not have exercised or done much else, as I felt put through the wringer.
Now during my postpartum care, it has been more than strongly suggested that I will start exercising regularly to take care of my health with some serious focus on the long-term benefits for my heart.

Exercise while pregnant after early/severe pre-e

Post by LauraBeck12 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 03:25 am

What did your doctors recommend that you do and don't do for physical activity after pre-eclampsia?

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