Should I Avoid Certain Types of Exercise During Pregnancy?

Should I Avoid Certain Types of Exercise During Pregnancy?

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?
- Rosina

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: April 2014





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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