We have listed some of these health problems here but it is important to get medical advice if you have any other worries or symptoms.
There are some situations where you should avoid exercises or stop exercising, for example if you have vaginal bleeding or have any pain.
Read more about exercising safely during pregnancy.
Exercising during pregnancy if you have a health problem
Talk to your GP, midwife or specialist about how active you can be during your pregnancy if you have any serious medical conditions. Serious problems include heart or lung disease, epilepsy, diabetes that is not well controlled, and anaemia.
Blood pressure problems
Talk to your GP, midwife or specialist for advice on exercise if you have high blood pressure in pregnancy￼ They may recommend exercising as a way of managing your blood pressure
Previous pregnancy losses
If you have had 3 or more miscarriages in a row, speak to your doctor or midwife before exercising during pregnancy.
High risk of preterm birth
Studies show that exercise alone does not cause preterm birth.
Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have had a previous preterm birth or late miscarriage, or you have been told you have a higher risk of premature labour. There is a chance that exercise could worsen an existing problem, such as a weak cervix.
If you have pelvic girdle pain (PGP), also known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), you may find it harder to move around. Some exercises may make the pain worse.
Find out how to exercise safely with PGP/SPD.
Talking to your midwife about exercising if you are expecting more than one baby.
Staying active during pregnancy is important for your health and wellbeing. Your doctor or midwife may recommend low-impact exercises, such as swimming, pregnancy yoga, Pilates and walking.
If you have type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, then you will need to take extra care when exercising. For example:
- speak to your maternity team first
- check your blood glucose levels before and after exercising
- eat a healthy snack before exercising
- listen to your body and rest when you need to
Find out more about exercising with gestational diabetes.
It is important to get advice from your doctor or midwife if you have an eating disorder, or have had one in the past.
Your healthcare professional should give you more advice on managing your symptoms, weight change and healthy eating in pregnancy. Eating Disorders and Pregnancy has more information specifically for pregnant people with eating disorders.
Find out more about eating disorders in pregnancy.