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Regular exercise is an important factor of staying healthy and energetic throughout your pregnancy. It can also decrease the risk of certain conditions, reduces stress and helps you build up stamina for delivery. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day for pregnant women on most or all days of the week, unless your doctor advises you otherwise.
Here are some tips on exercising safely while pregnant, plus exercises to include or avoid as part of your exercise routine.
In most cases, exercise during pregnancy is entirely safe. If you were physically active before you became pregnant, you can usually remain that way after throughout pregnancy.
In some rare cases, a medical issue or a pregnancy-related condition might prevent you from exercising. Such issues may include:
In general, exercise during pregnancy should not be done with weight loss as a specific goal. If you have any of the following symptoms while exercising, stop immediately and consult your doctor:
Many pregnant women find benefits from exercise, including:
Follow these tips for healthy, productive exercise while pregnant:
In addition, there are a few exercise types or activities within exercise that should be avoided while pregnant. These include:
Your doctor can provide additional recommendations on exercising properly during pregnancy.
I practice the full range of family medicine including obstetrics, pediatrics, adolescent medicine, adult medicine and some orthopedics. I also perform colposcopy, cryotherapy and vasectomies. Due to the volume of deliveries we do, my practice has evolved to be more centered on women and children’s medicine, although I enjoy all aspects of family medicine.
“Exercise During Pregnancy.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/exercise-during-pregnancy#1
“Exercise During Pregnancy.” American Pregnancy Association. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/exercise-during-pregnancy/
Maria Oneida, MD
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.