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Can Too Much Walking Cause Preterm Labor?

Although walking and mild exercise is important to maintain a healthy pregnancy, too much walking or exercise during pregnancy can lead to uterine contractions, says Dr. Gia Fruscione, a Hamilton, New Jersey-based physical therapist and founder of DLVR Maternity. “Don't exercise during pregnancy if you have a pre-existing medical condition such as lung disease, uncontrolled heart disease, a high risk for preterm labor, pre-eclampsia or ruptured membranes, before checking with your physician,” she says. “Too much exercise can lead to other complications, such as bleeding, dizziness, chest pain, muscle weakness, calf pain and decreased fetal movement.” Contact your physician if you experience any of these complications.

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