The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that most pregnant women get at least 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise each day. This does not have to be structured exercise. A walk, vacuuming, or light yard work counts. However, some expectant moms should not exercise. Therefore, it is essential to consult your physician about your unique needs.

No Exercise for Some Women

If you have a medical problem, such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes, exercise may not be recommended. If you have a pregnancy-related condition such as bleeding or spotting, a low placenta, threatened or recurrent miscarriages, previous premature births or history of early labor, or a weak cervix your health provider may recommend that you avoid exercising.

Exercises to Avoid

It is also important to note that some exercises can present a risk to yourself and your unborn baby. Never hold your breath during pregnancy because you and your baby need oxygen.

  • Sports with a higher risk of falling or abdominal injury, such as gymnastics, downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, singles racket sports, horseback riding, outdoor cycling, contact sports, diving, bungee jumping and rollerblading.
  • Exercises that involve lying flat on your back for long periods of time, advanced abdominal moves, excessive bending or stretching, motionless standing, and jumping and sudden movements.
  • Activities in super hot environments (indoor or outdoor) or in high altitudes above 6,000 feet, unless you live in a high altitude area.

Best Cardio Exercises

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Elliptical and Stair Climbers
  • Group aerobic and dance classes
  • Indoor cycling
  • Kickboxing
  • HIIT

Strength and Flexibility Exercises

  • Light Weight-lifting with multiple repetitions
  • Pilates
  • Barre
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

Most healthy women are encouraged to stay active and exercise throughout their pregnancy. Be sure to ask your doctor about her specific recommendations for you and your baby.

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