Is it Safe to Exercise in Pregnancy?

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Is it Safe to Exercise in Pregnancy?

Is it Safe to Exercise in Pregnancy?

New mamas often ask me "Is it safe to exercise in Pregnancy?" And the answer to that is that there are numerous benefits to working out when pregnant but exercising may not be for every woman. Some women may have specific conditions or ailments where they are advised not to work out.

ACOG states that if you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity.

Are you expecting and wondering if it's safe to exercise during pregnancy?

The answer is yes, in most cases, it is safe to exercise while pregnant.

Regular physical activity can have numerous benefits for both you and your baby. It can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. It can also improve your mood and energy levels, and even help you sleep better.

But before you start any exercise routine, make sure to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your individual health and pregnancy.

It's important to choose low-impact exercises that are gentle on your body, such as walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga.

Avoid activities with a high risk of falling or injury, such as contact sports or vigorous weightlifting.

Listen to your body and stop if you feel any pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath. Remember, every pregnancy is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. So, stay safe, stay active, and enjoy the benefits of exercising during pregnancy.


Talk to Your OBGYN

When you meet with your OBGYN you should have a list of questions to ask them. And one question should relate to your ability to exercise when pregnant.

If your ob-gyn gives you the OK to exercise, then your next step it to discuss what activities, exercise or workouts you can do safely.

Does Exercising when Pregnant Cause Miscarriage?

ACOG states that if you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity.

It is important to note that they clearly state that exercising when pregnant does not increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or early delivery.

Conditions that make exercise during pregnancy unsafe?

ACOG advises that women with the following pregnancy complications should not exercise during pregnancy:

1. Placenta previa after 26 weeks of pregnancy

2. Certain types of heart and lung diseases

3. Preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure

4. Cerclage

5. Being pregnant with twins or triplets (or more) with risk factors for preterm labor

6. Preterm labor during this pregnancy or ruptured membranes

7. Severe anemia


What are some safe exercises I can do during pregnancy?

1. Prenatal Yoga

2. Prenatal Pilates

3. Walking

4. Swimming

5. Spin bike classes when pregnant

6. PregActive workouts


All pregnant women without complications should be encouraged to participate in modified cardio and strength-conditioning exercises throughout their pregnancy.

Your goal in pregnancy should be to maintain a good fitness level throughout each trimester of your pregnancy without trying to reach peak fitness.


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