Warning signs you are overdoing it when pregnant
When you are pregnant your life does not stop. You still have work, if you have children you still have to take care of them. You can't just sit around, or lie in bed for nine months. In fact, even if this was possible, it is unwise. Most doctors will recommend that you exercise some when pregnant as it offers many benefits to women, including shorter labors, less back pain, easier time getting back into a pregregnancy body, better sleep, and more. However, sometimes when women are pregnant they think the aches and pain are just a part of pregnancy, and may not recognize when they are overdoing it.
There are a lot of ways someone can overdo it during a pregnancy. You could simply be lifting your toddler too often, being too busy, or too stressed at work, or running too many errands during the heat of the day. So, how do you know when you are dealing with normal aches and pains of pregnancy, and when you are overdoing it and putting your body and baby at risk? The following are some of the conditions that if you should experience mean you need to be extra careful of not overdoing it, and need to be more observant of changes that may occur in your body, in order to avoid complications:
High blood pressure: pregnancy induced high blood pressure is not uncommon, but should you suffer from this condition, doing other things that increase heart rate, etc. is totally unwise and can lead to problems with the fetus, so avoid exercise.
Heart disease: if you have heart disease it is essential that you do not put added stress on your heart.
Pregnancy-induced hypertension: again avoiding exercise may be best.
Early contractions, or a history of early contractions: If you have early contractions, you are going to really want to take it easy, especially during your third trimester. Activity can often lead to muscle contraction and early labor, which is never a good idea.
Vaginal bleeding: This is a sign that there is undue stress on your body, so one of the best things you can do foryourself is to relax, put your feet up, stop exercising, and let other people help you until it stops.
Premature rupture of membranes: This is when your water breaks too early, and usually comes from too much strain on the belly.
If you suddenly experience any of the following while exercising, running errands, or doing anything else you should stop immediately and notify your doctor, and realize you are overdoing it and need to relax more:
Onset of pain anywhere in your body: This might be contractions, or it might be something else, but often is your body's way of telling you that it is under too much stress or pressure.
Vaginal bleeding or heavy discharge: This is a sign that your vagina is taking too much stress, and is not handling it. If you experience this, talk to your doctor, and get someone else to help you for a while.
Dizziness or faintness: having a baby often throws your body out of whack as it is, but dizziness and faintness usually indicates you are not getting enough oxygen rich blood. Your body has to supply blood to you and the baby, and if you start overdoing it, it could mean your body can't keep up with your demand.
Increased and pronounced shortness of breath: It is normal to not breathe as well since your lungs do not have as much room to expand, but if it becomes severe this usually indicates complications.
Rapid heartbeat (your heart rate should be no more than 140 beats per minute): Remember, your heartbeat and the baby's are tied together, so a racing heart is not wise for a fetus. Take it easy!