Exercise During Pregnancy

Even if you haven’t worked out much in the past, being pregnant is a great reason to start. Exercising during pregnancy can be safe.

Want to find out what safe to do when you are pregnant? Learn the facts about exercising during pregnancy. Check with your OB before starting a fitness routine.

Exercising during pregnancy can:

  • Help boost your energy.
  • Reduce aches and pains.
  • Help you avoid constipation, which is common during pregnancy.
  • Release chemicals in your brain called endorphins, which boost your mood.
  • Help you stay in good shape, which may mean you’ll have easier labor and delivery.

What activities can I do when I’m pregnant?

Talk to your OB first  to know what is safe for you. They will know what’s best for you based on your health history. For the most part, many activities are safe.

If you’re new to exercising, here are some pregnancy-friendly activities you can try:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Riding a Stationary Bike
  • Yoga or Pilates
  • Low-Impact Aerobics Classes
  • Light Weights

Check out the full list of safe activities during pregnancy.

What activities should I not do when I am pregnant?

Talk to your OB first. They will know what’s best for you based on your health history. For the most part, try to avoid exercises after the first trimesterthat cause you to lie flat on your back. It’s also wise to  not do any activities that  have:

  • Bouncing
  • Leaping
  • A sudden change of direction
  • A risk of abdominal injury

This would mean not playing contact sports like basketball, softball or kickboxing.

Explore other things that aren’t safe during pregnancy.

Have questions about eating healthy while pregnant?

Maternal Care Team 1-833-230-2034 (TTY: 1-800-750-0750 or 711).