Staying Active During Pregnancy


Physical activity is good for everyone. And that's true for women who are pregnant, too. If you're pregnant, staying active can help you feel more comfortable. It may reduce the risk of complications. Here are some tips for staying active during your pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor

Before you begin a new exercise plan (or change your current one), talk to your doctor. See if you have any health concerns that would make some exercises unsafe. Your doctor can help you choose an exercise plan that's right for you.

Aerobic exercises

If you are new to exercise, start slowly. Choose exercises that get your heart beating faster. We call these "aerobic" activities. Walking, dancing, swimming or yard work are good examples. Try to get two and a half hours of aerobic activity each week. If you have trouble exercising for long periods, try breaking it into ten-minute chunks.

Strengthening exercises

You can do strengthening exercises, too, but don't use heavy weights. Use lighter weights, and do more repetitions. Breath out as you lift the weight. Breathe in as you lower it. Don't do anything that could strain your lower back.

Stay safe

Make sure you stay safe. Drink plenty of water before and after you exercise. Take a break if you feel short of breath or uncomfortable. Don't do anything that could make you fall. And don't do anything that puts your stomach at risk of being hit.


For more information about safe exercise, talk to your doctor.