The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily (if they have no medical conditions or complications). Why?
"Pregnancy's no excuse not to work out!" says Yvonne Thornton, M.D., an OB-GYN in New York City--especially when you're older. "Exercise keeps you at a healthy weight. It's good for your mind, great for circulation, and decreases the insulin resistance that may lead to gestational diabetes [which occurs more often in women 35 and older]." Regular exercise can also cut an older mom's risk of developing high blood pressure, which can slow fetal growth, and promote a healthy birth weight for baby. And it gets you in fighting shape for labor and delivery!
Looking for workout ideas? Here are six suggestions, with variations for all levels--whether you're an occasional exerciser, moderate or hard-core. Be sure to stick with the fitness level you maintained before you became pregnant.