Is it safe to exercise during the pregnancy?

It never ceases to amaze me how women get up and have a full work day, take care of kids, cook and clean up for their families and then still try to squeeze a workout in. Add to that carrying a baby, and everyone’s already exhausted. However, I do get asked often about exercising during the pregnancy as a safety factor, and I absolutely recommend it to all of my clients.

Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy and provides a sense of wellness and balance. Exercise during pregnancy can reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling.  It can increase your energy and improve your mood as well as help you sleep better. Regular activity helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor. If you were already active,  you should be able to continue doing exactly what you were doing before pregnancy. If you weren’t already exercising, you can still start a program as long as you set realistic expectations and start slowly.

It’s best to avoid activities like skiing, horseback riding or any contact sport that could cause blunt force trauma to the abdomen.  You should also stop exercising and contact your health care provider if you have vaginal bleeding, dizziness, extreme headaches, excessive nausea, or abdominal cramping.