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Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise is good for you!  Pregnant women can and should exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes on most days.  You will feel better and burn extra calories to help prevent excessive weight gain. Over time, exercising regularly helps develop stronger muscles, bones and joints, and can give you a lower risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. Exercise also may help pregnant women avoid gestational diabetes, builds stamina needed for labor and delivery, and promotes early recovery after delivery.  During the postpartum period, exercise can help you keep "baby blues" at bay, regain your energy, and lose weight that you gained during pregnancy!

What you can do: 

Remember, especially if you don't already exercise regularly, not to overdo it.  Start slowly and build up your level of fitness gradually. Consider brisk walking, dancing, swimming, biking, aerobics or yoga.  To keep from becoming bored, try alternating activities daily.  However, you should avoid activities that have a high risk for injury, such as horseback riding or downhill skiing. Also avoid sports in which you could get hit in the abdomen, or that require to lie flat on your back.  NEVER scuba dive because it can cause dangerous gas bubbles in the baby's circulatory system .

Important!  Check with your doctor before doing any exercise!

STOP EXERCISING IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS (VAGINAL BLEEDING, DIZZINESS, HEADACHES, CHEST PAIN, DECREASED FETAL MOVEMENT, CONTRACTIONS)

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