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
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