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Week 22: Staying active?

pregnant woman exercisingAre you staying active? Generally, if you’ve been exercising and are physically fit before pregnancy you can safely continue exercising throughout your pregnancy.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, and with the approval of your doctor or midwife, can often minimize aches and pains and help with your recovery after the baby is born.

Low-impact activities are generally good choices such as:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Yoga

However, exercise may not be possible if you have certain conditions such as preterm labor or high blood pressure.

Your doctor or midwife can recommend physical activities that are safe during your pregnancy.

Got aches?

Your changing weight may cause you to walk differently, creating pain in the lower back, pelvis, hips and legs. Exercise can help.

Activity to avoid

Many women may believe that being pregnant is exercise enough, but that is a myth. Like other adults, expectant moms should exercise at least 30 minutes a day, such as riding a stationary bike, however not all activities are recommended. Find out what to avoid and when to call your provider.

Preventing hemorrhoids

Pregnant women are at risk of developing hemorrhoids. Use these strategies to help prevent them.