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It is highly recommended that pregnant women maintain a regular exercise routine.

During pregnancy, the suggested duration of exercise is at least 30 minutes a day. It is also advised to avoid participating in long, intense workouts, especially in warmer conditions. When exercising, always take frequent breaks and stay hydrated.  We recommend wearing a heart rate monitor to monitor your heart rate. Usually try to keep the rate under 150bpm.  You may need to modify your workout as your pregnancy progresses.

The Benefits of Exercise for Pregnant Women

Reasonable amounts of daily exercise are extremely beneficial for expecting mothers. Remaining fit throughout your pregnancy will also pay off during and after labor. Some of the most noticeable benefits from exercising during your pregnancy include:

  • Higher energy
  • Better mood
  • Better posture
  • Toned muscles
  • Sustained strength and endurance
  • Better sleep
  • Helps aches and pains of pregnancy
  • Faster recover after delivery

Safe Forms of Exercise for Pregnant Women

In general, pregnant women should continue their regular schedules of daily exercise. Always be sure to ask your doctor if you have any questions about the safety of a particular activity, but use common sense to evaluate the safety of a particular workout based on your abilities.

Walking, running, swimming, and even cycling can be safe forms of exercise for pregnant women. Avoid extreme, contact sports or any exercises that can cause you to fall!  Horseback riding, water sports, high altitude snow sports, skateboarding and scuba diving are never safe forms of exercise for pregnant women. Stretching and yoga are great choices.

Ask your doctor what exercises are best for you!

Judith Scott, MD

Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center

Dr. Scott answers your questions about adolescent gynecology. Dr. Scott treats her patients holistically and considers the connection between mind, body and spirit when she is working with her patients. As an OB-GYN she enjoys seeing her patients as they go through their lives and she especially likes to deliver their babies. She also has expertise in laparoscopy/minimally invasive surgery and adolescent gynecology. ...

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