Exercise may benefit both mom and baby during pregnancy, but it’s always best to consult with your doctor before you begin.
As long as your doctor approves, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice:
- Start out with gentle exercises. Stop if you begin to feel very tired, short of breath or in pain.
- Over time, gradually make your exercise more challenging.
- If you’ve exercised before pregnancy you can probably continue, but likely at an easier pace.
- Consider walking, swimming, cycling and low-impact aerobics, which may be more comfortable during pregnancy.