Pregnancy and Exercise
Staying active during pregnancy is the best way to stay healthy and feel your best. Regular exercise during pregnancy can not only reduce such pregnancy discomforts as fatigue and back pain, it is also a great stress reducer and can keep you in the best shape for labor and delivery. There also is evidence that regular exercise may help prevent gestational diabetes.
Most women can safely continue or begin mild to moderate exercise during pregnancy, including swimming, stationary cycling, walking, low-impact aerobics, yoga and pilates. If you have a regular exercise routine, adjust your level to one that is comfortable as your pregnancy progresses. For those who have not been physically active, start slowly and progress to comfortable activity levels. Exercising 30 minutes a day is a great goal for women experiencing routine pregnancies.
For women with medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, or for those with history of miscarriage or early labor, talk to our doctors about physical activity that is safe to perform during pregnancy.
Tips for physical activity during pregnancy
Try to exercise at least 30 minutes three times a week.
Avoid activities that could risk injury, such as horseback riding, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and contact sports.
Avoid activities where you could be hit in the abdomen or are at risk for falling.
Do not lie flat on your back to exercise after 20 weeks gestation.
Drink water liberally during exercise.
Avoid vigorous exercise in excessive heat or humidity.
Stop exercising if you experience bleeding or spotting, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or signs of early labor.
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