Pregnancy and exercise — What you need to know to stay safe, stay motivated.


It’s a very exciting time for me and my family, as my twin sister gave birth to my first nephew last week.  I’ve been thinking about pregnancy a lot lately, and I am particularly proud of the way my sister handled hers.  She was quite active, and exercised right up to 3 days before giving birth.  Provided that you have the blessing of your health care provider, exercise during pregnancy provides many benefits:

  • Ease or prevent back pain and other discomfort
  • Boost your mood and energy levels
  • Help you sleep better
  • Prevent excess weight gain
  • Increase stamina and muscle strength

At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended on most days.  And, walking is a great way to start for beginners.

I would like to reiterate that getting clearance from your doctor is important.  But, this article by the Mayo Clinic provides great insight on all the issues you should consider.

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