For some women, exercise during pregnancy may not be safe, or will need to be taken with caution.    If you're not sure if this applies to you, we have created an easy to follow guide on this page to help you understand more.


If you are diagnosed with anything which falls under the Absolute Contraindications list, then you may not exercise during pregnancy.  In this case, you must speak to your health care practitioner about how to manage your health and wellbeing during pregnancy.

If you suffer with conditions which fall under the Relative Contraindications list, then you may only exercise during pregnancy with the guidance of your health care practitioner, and must communicate closely with your FitMama instructor during your time with us.

If you are clear to exercise, and then develop any symptoms in the Problems to Report section, then you must advise your FitMama instructor immediately, and will need to report these to your health care practitioner, or in some situations it may be advisable to ring 111 or 999 (or a the relevant emergency service in your country).

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Absolute Contraindications

These conditions mean you cannot exercise during pregnancy...

  • Hemodynamically significant heart disease

  • Restrictive lung disease

  • Incompetent cervix

  • Multiple gestation at risk for premature labor

  • Persistent second or third trimester bleeding

  • Placenta previa after 26 weeks of gestation

  • Premature labor during the current pregnancy

  • Ruptured membranes

  • Pre-eclampsia/pregnancy-induced hypertension
    after exercise

  • Fatigue, palpitations, chest pain

  • Insufficient weight gain(<1.0kg/month during last two trimesters)

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Relative Contraindications

You must seek approval from your health care provider if you with to exercise with these conditions:

  • Severe anemia

  • Unevaluated maternal cardiac arrhythmia

  • Chronic bronchitis

  • Poorly controlled type 1 diabetes

  • Extreme morbid obesity 

  • Extreme underweight (BMI<12)

  • History of extremely sedentary lifestyle

  • Intrauterine growth restriction in current pregnancy

  • Poorly controlled hypertension

  • Orthopedic limitations

  • Poorly controlled seizure disorder

  • Poorly controlled hyperthyroidism

  • Heavy smoker

  • Third trimester breech presentation

  • Multiple pregnancy (>twins)

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to Report

You must stop exercising and seek medical advice if you experience these issues:

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Dyspnea prior to exertion

  • Dizziness or faintness

  • Headache or visual disturbance

  • Unexplained abdominal pain

  • Muscle weakness

  • Swelling of ankles, hands, or face

  • Swelling, pain, and redness in the calf of one leg

  • Preterm labor, persistent contractions (> 6-8/h)

  • Decreased fetal movement

  • Amniotic fluid leakage

  • Elevated pulse or blood pressure persisting