I’ve always enjoyed doing different kinds of exercise and want to try to stay in shape now that I’m pregnant. Are there activities or exercises I should steer clear of?
For most pregnant women, low-impact exercise is a great way to feel better, look better, and help prepare the body for labor. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, stick to low-impact exercise instead of high-impact, which can cause increased pressure on the structures within the uterus.
It's wise to avoid some exercises and activities, including:
Some of the healthy ways pregnant women can stay fit include walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, and pilates. But be sure to talk to your health care provider before starting — or continuing — any exercise routine during pregnancy.
Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: November 2011
|American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women's health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.|
|American Council on Exercise (ACE) ACE promotes active, healthy lifestyles by setting certification and education standards for fitness instructors and through ongoing public education about the importance of exercise.|
|Pilates Method Alliance This organization provides information for those interested in the study, teaching, and certification of the pilates exercise methodology.|
|WomensHealth.gov Developed by the U.S. Office on Women's Health, 4woman offers reliable women's health information.|
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