Exercising During Pregnancy

Exercise is safe and encouraged during a normal healthy pregnancy. If you exercised before you became pregnant, you can continue exercising at the same level. If you are just starting an exercise program, talk to your doctor and start slowly. Do not push yourself too hard. Talk to your doctor about what kind of exercises to do. There are some health conditions that may limit your exercise.

Exercise Safely

  • Warm-up and cool down with each exercise session.
  • Start slowly.
  • Listen to your body. Do not try to push yourself too hard. Stop exercising when you get tired. Do not exercise to the point of exhaustion.
  • If you have pain or any unusual signs, stop exercising right away. Rest and call your doctor if these signs do not go away.

General Guidelines

  • Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy snack before exercising.
  • Wear clothing that is comfortable.
  • It is best to exercise for 30 to 45 minutes 3 to 5 times each week.
  • You should be able to carry on a conversation during exercise.
  • Avoid getting overheated. Do not exercise on very hot or very cold days.
  • Avoid any type of exercise that can cause even mild trauma to your stomach.
  • You may need to change the type of exercise you do as your stomach gets bigger and your balance changes.
  • It is common to feel some mild cramping during exercise. Drink plenty of water and the cramping should stop after you are done exercising.