Pregnancy and Exercise

Overview

Some are surprised to learn that pregnancy and exercise should go hand in hand for most women. In fact, regular exercise is needed to support the significant physical changes that occur during pregnancy. Staying active during pregnancy can help manage certain health conditions, reduce physical discomfort and help with postpartum recovery.

The key is to keep activity levels at a moderate pace without pushing beyond what is comfortable for the mother and baby. With balance in mind, find activities like walking, which is both safe and enjoyable.

Consult a health care provider for specific recommendations on pregnancy and exercise, including approved activities and intensity levels.

Basics

Wellness and Prevention