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Table 1 Contraindications to aerobic exercise during pregnancy. Adopted from ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription [43]

From: Influence of exercise mode on pregnancy outcomes: ENHANCED by Mom project

Absolute Contraindications to Aerobic Exercise During Pregnancy Relative Contraindications to Aerobic Exercise During Pregnancy
Hemodynamically significant heart disease Severe anemia
Restrictive lung disease Unevaluated maternal cardiac arrhythmia
Incompetent cervix/cerclage Chronic bronchitis
Multiple gestation at risk for premature labor Poorly controlled type I diabetes
Persistent second or third trimester bleeding Extreme morbid obesity
Placenta previa after 26 weeks gestation Extreme underweight (body mass index <12)
Premature labor during the current pregnancy History of extremely sedentary lifestyle
Ruptured membranes Intrauterine growth restriction in current pregnancy
Pregnancy induced hypertension Poorly controlled hypertension/preeclampsia
  Orthopedic limitations
  Poorly controlled seizure disorder
  Poorly controlled thyroid disease
  Heavy smoker