Regular Physical Activity Can Help You Have a More Comfortable Pregnancy

July 01, 2014 / Mike Siegel MD

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Pregnancy is a wonderful experience in a woman’s life. For most women, however, the experience is mixed with feelings of happiness and discomfort. Exercising regularly during pregnancy can help reduce the stress of being pregnant on your body and avoid complications with pregnancy and labor. Begin with talking to your doctor. No need to go crazy at the gym or sign up for a marathon! A simple exercise routine is sufficient– aim for about two and half hours of moderate aerobic activities a week.

Aerobic activities include exercise that raises your heart rate. Some examples that might work during pregnancy include:
• brisk walking
• dancing
• swimming
• running

Don’t try to do heavy weight lifting or any exercise that will strain the lower back. Avoid contact sports or anything that may have contact with your stomach.

Exercising regularly is just one piece of staying healthy during pregnancy. It is also important to eat a healthy diet to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy and help prevent any further strain on the body. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions. Have you been pregnant or are you currently pregnant? We want to hear what exercises worked for you!