Pregnancy: Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

What Exercises Are Best?
Moms-to-be are often most comfortable, and have less injuries, when they follow a non-weightbearing exercise routine, such as swimming or cycling using a stationary bike. A study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reveals that pregnant women who follow a non-weightbearing exercise program are more likely to continue it into the third trimester than those who attempt weightbearing exercises such as running or lifting weights.

Are There Safety Guidelines?
It is very important that all pregnant women seek an okay from their health care provider before embarking on a fitness program. When beginning an exercise program it is important to start slowly and gradually increase your activity level, especially if you have not been exercising regularly. Even if you have exercised regularly prior to pregnancy, you may find that you need to decrease your level of exercise. Listen to your body. If you feel uncomfortable, short of breath or very tired, reduce the intensity of your workout.

A mom-to-be may be concerned that exercise might lead to overheating, which might harm her unborn baby. It is important to take frequent breaks during workouts and limit strenuous exercise when pregnant. Strenuous exercise should be interspersed with low-intensity exercise and rest periods. And, don’t forget to drink to thirst. Sipping water frequently during your workout will help you avoid becoming overheated.

Summarized below, ACOG offers some valuable safety tips for exercising during pregnancy. Incorporate them into your routine and you will be well on your way toward creating a fun and healthy workout for you and your baby:

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