Exercise For Two - Resources

Healthy pregnant women without exercise contraindications are encouraged to exercise while pregnant.

Regular exercise while pregnant may help control gestational weight gain, improve wellbeing and mood, and may play a role in the prevention of pregnancy-related complications.

Prior to starting an exercise program, all pregnant women are advised to talk with their health care provider.

The PARmed-X for PREGNANCY was developed as a screening tool for pregnant women who wish to exercise.

PARmedX for PREGNANCY (PDF)

Information for women with gestational diabetes (link)


Absolute Contraindications to Aerobic Exercise During Pregnancy

  • Ruptured membranes
  • Preterm labour.
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
  • Incompetent cervix.
  • Growth restricted fetus.
  • High order multiple gestation (‚Č•triplets).
  • Placenta previa after 28th week.
  • Persistent 2nd or 3rd trimester bleeding.
  • Uncontrolled Type I diabetes, thyroid disease, or other serious cardiovascular, respiratory, or systemic disorder.

Relative Contraindications to Aerobic Exercise During Pregnancy

  • Previous spontaneous abortion.
  • Previous preterm birth.
  • Mild/moderate cardiovascular disorder.
  • Mild/moderate respiratory disorder.
  • Anemia (Hb <100 g/L).
  • Malnutrition or eating disorder.
  • Twin pregnancy after 28th week.
  • Other significant medical conditions.

Reasons to Stop Exercise and Consult Your Health Care Provider

  • Excessive shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Painful uterine contractions (more than 6-8 per hour).
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Any "gush" of fluid from vagina (suggesting premature rupture of the membranes).
  • Dizziness or faintness.