Exercise and Pregnancy


According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you can take part in thirty minutes or more of moderate exercise everyday while pregnant, as long as you do not have a medical condition or complication that rules out exercise or requires you to limit your activity level. Your OBGYN physician or midwife will be able to best advise you about what level of exercise and/or activity is safe for your particular pregnancy.

If you are able, there are many positive benefits to exercising during pregnancy. Exercising during pregnancy can help to boost your energy level and reduce pregnancy discomfort. Sleep can sometimes be challenging while you are pregnant but daily exercise during pregnancy can help you to sleep better. It can also help to reduce your stress, lift your spirits and improve your self-image during pregnancy. Lastly, exercise during pregnancy can help to prepare your body for childbirth and can help you get your body back faster after your baby is born.

Before you start exercising, it is important to first check with your OBGYN to make sure that the exercise you are planning to do is appropriate during pregnancy. Also, you do not want to exercise more strenuously while you are pregnant than you do when you are not pregnant. Pregnancy is not the time to start a new exercise regimen, but a time to continue one that you already have, perhaps with some modifications. Again, your doctor is best qualified to advise you regarding the frequency, duration and intensity level of exercise that is safe for you and your unborn child.