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Exercise During the First Trimester

If you have no medical problems with your pregnancy, regular physical activity (30 minutes per day, most days of the week) can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and labor. It also helps to lower your risk for health problems like high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. What's more, you will have an easier time getting back into a healthy body shape and weight after the birth.
Normal, low-impact activities, like walking and swimming, that don't involve a lot of bouncing, stretching your muscles to their greatest extent, or deeply bending your joints are good for you. Because your connective tissues stretch much more easily during pregnancy, high-impact or high-resistance exercises that involve a lot of bouncing and extreme muscle stretching can increase your risk of joint injury. If you haven't exercised regularly before becoming pregnant, you can still begin an exercise program. Just start slowly and progress gradually. Talk with your doctor first about what types of exercise or activities are best for you.
One type of exercise that can help your muscles prepare for delivery, help support your uterus during pregnancy, and help you to control your urine are pelvic floor exercises (also called Kegel exercises). Pelvic muscles are the same ones you use to stop and start your flow of urine. You can do this exercise standing, sitting, or lying down.


Both baths and showers are fine to take during pregnancy, but very hot baths, hot tubs, and saunas can be harmful to the fetus, or cause you to faint. You also might want to avoid taking frequent bubble baths or baths with perfumed products that might irritate your vaginal area and increase your risk of a urinary tract infection or yeast infection.
Do not use douches, even vinegar-based douches, without first talking with your doctor.
Although vaginal discharge tends to be heavier during pregnancy, you should see your doctor if you have vaginal itching, burning, or a heavy discharge. You could have a urinary tract infection, yeast infection, viral infection, or bacterial infection that needs treatment.
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