S Javed Ali*, Fauzia Naaz and Mirza Ghufran Baig


Pregnancy is the most important stage of a woman life; it is the stage important in terms of mother health and fetal growth. Mother faces number of troubles during the entire period of pregnancy, which are due to physiological changes observed in the body, necessary for fetal development. Musculoskeletal troubles, gastrointestinal symptoms, mood disorders, disturb sleep patterns, weight gain and gestational diabetes and hypertension are commonest. Some are associated with serious illness. There are a number of drugs which are contra indicated and some are indicated with special precautions making the management of pregnancy related illnesses a major issue. It is believed that exercise in pregnancy can help manage pregnancy related musculoskeletal issues, improve sleep, prevent excessive weight gain, gestational diabetes, eclampsia, shorten labour and reduce the need for obstetric interventions. Though, objective data on the impact of exercise on the mother, fetus and the course of pregnancy are limited; but Unani Scholars since centuries had advocated the practice of exercise (Riyazat) by pregnant lady with an aim of reducing pregnancy related symptoms, better fetal growth and easy labour which are revalidated nowadays by modern scientific studies. This paper aims at reviewing the importance of exercise in pregnancy with special reference to Unani System of Medicine.

Keywords: Pregnancy, Riyazat, Gestational Diabetes, Eclampsia.

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