What kind of exercise can I do during pregnancy?
Cafe Mom | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross
You might have to make some adjustments to your pre-pregnancy exercise routine, but there’s no reason to stop working out when you’re pregnant. Read what exercises these moms found safe and fun while they were expecting.
Lots of Safe Choices
“Exercising in pregnancy should be a part of every pregnant woman’s daily routine. It is not only incredibly beneficial for a pregnant woman but also for her growing baby. Pregnancy affects joint stability, balance, coordination, and heart rate fluctuations, so choosing a safe exercise is very important. Best exercises in pregnancy include brisk walking, light jogging, swimming, recumbent cycling, yoga, elliptical, and other stationary workout machines. Exercises to be avoided includ
Take a Swim
“Swimming is a great exercise during pregnancy. You can swim laps, join a water aerobics class, or just walk in the water.”
Zumba With Caution
“I was told I could Zumba while pregnant, but that my heart rate could not go above 140.”
Work the Treadmill
“Since I’ve been pregnant, I like to do intervals of speed walking and inclining on the treadmill. Sometimes I think it’s actually harder than running.”
Don’t Go Too Crazy
“If you were exercising before you got pregnant, I think it’s fine to keep doing what you were doing. If you were a couch potato pre-pregnancy, I’d stick with light workouts for now.”
Listen to Your Body
“I’ve been a runner for almost 11 years, but running during pregnancy is the one thing I can’t seem to do. I’m so exhausted, so I settle for long walks and hill climbing. If your body is telling you not to run, don’t do it. The elliptical is a good substitute.”