What are the contraindications and the absolute contraindications to exercise?

Contraindications to exercise:

Under certain conditions exercise can be contra-indicated, and could be harmful for the mother to be. Please read the following list of contraindications to ensure that you are safe to exercise. If a pregnant woman were to have any of the listed symptoms we would advise her to get clearance from her gynaecologist before starting an exercise programme.

Absolute contraindications

  • Hemodynamically significant heart disease
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Multiple gestation at risk for premature labour
  • Persistent second or third trimester bleeding
  • Placenta previa after 26 weeks of gestation
  • Premature labour during the current pregnancy
  • Ruptured membranes
  • Preeclampsia/pregnancy induced hypertension