Just some questions: If you're pregenant & you still continue to participate in aerobic excercise 5 or 6 days a week (like intense swim practice at least 3,000 yards a day), can this cause a miscarriage? What can cause a miscarriage? And how far along to you have to be to have a miscarriage?
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Doctors usually recommend light exercise throughout pregnancy to help keep in shape, avoid gaining too much weight, and it's also said an active mother might have an easier labor and delivery.
Exercise regimens should be no more vigorous than those used pre-pregnancy, and EVERY exercise program should first be cleared with a doctor during a pre-natal exam. The doctor will be able to tell you if you are at risk for miscarriage due to an incompetant cervix or health problems, and can suggest the best type of exercise for you personally.
Miscarriages occur for many reasons; fetal birth defects, defects of the placenta, maternal injury, and maternal illness just to name a few. Many miscarriages also occur with no explination at all. Miscarriages can occur at any time during a pregnancy, although fetal death during the last few weeks of pregnancy is usually referred to as a "stillbirth."
And once you've cleared any sort of exercise with your doctor, you might want to check out what sort of programs your local YWCA, YMCA, or other health club have for expectant mothers. Most facilities can recommend things like specific water areobics or yoga classes that are either specifically designed for moms-to-be or that are at a slower pace and impact level.
So call around, see what's avaliable...and above all else, as Aria said, clear it with your doctor first.
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