Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

We are frequently asked about exercise in pregnancy. For the mother, exercise has excellent physical and emotional benefits. Exercise will help you feel your best and remain healthy while your body rapidly changes. It can also help prepare you for labor and delivery. Women at risk of premature labor, growth restriction (decreased blood supply to the placenta), or other high-risk conditions should not exercise and will be reminded of this by their provider. Women who were in good shape prior to pregnancy may continue to work out at their previous levels, as it is rare for a fit woman to overheat while exercising. Based on this information, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends continuing mild to moderate exercise. Regular exercise (at least three times per week) is preferable to intermittent exercise.

Avoid exercise lying directly on your back after 12 weeks.

When exercising, make sure you drink lots of water and modify your exercise by how you feel.

Exercise generally considered safe in pregnancy includes:

  • Low Impact Aerobics/Pregnancy Fitness Classes
  • Cycling/Stationary Bike
  • Elliptical Machine, Treadmills
  • Jogging, Walking or a Day Hike
  • Swimming/Water Aerobics
  • Weight Training
  • Prenatal Yoga and Pilates