Exercise during Pregnancy and Travel

Exercise during pregnancy has become the norm for most women. Pregnant women may plan to trek at altitude, ski or go on extended bicycle trips. The potential benefits and possible risks of particular exercises have been reviewed in the literature (Clapp, 1994; Artal, 1996). There are both benefits and risks that must be weighed and discussed. Pregnant women who take holidays and vacations expect to take part in all the sports and activities that elective travel allows them. Women without any medical problems can indulge in numerous recreational activities throughout their pregnancy. The usual cautions about exercise in pregnancy hold true

The physician and the pregnant woman should discuss her history, overall fitness, previous level of activity and signs that portend discontinuation of the activity. They should develop a program that is acceptable and enjoyable but not hazardous to the fetus or the mother.

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