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Is it okay to exercise during pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

Always talk to your health care provider first to make sure that it is safe for you. Some women may have health concerns that will prevent them from working out. In most cases, its safe.

I recommend that all my clients (once cleared by their doctor) exercise. In addition to being a birth doula, I’m a certified personal trainer. Physical fitness is a big part of my life. Therefore, I’m always open and willing to working out with my clients. (It’s a free bonus in the package.😉) I even host a free exercise class monthly and often walk with my clients during the later weeks of pregnancy.

Regular exercise or physical activity can help reduce your risk of pregnancy complications. You may also find that it eases discomforts such as back pain, swelling in your legs, ankles, feet, and constipation. Exercising during pregnancy reduce your risk of cesarean, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and prepare your body for labor. As a result, you will have the endurance and strength that you need through labor. I suggest expected moms to take time to learn about safe exercises. Some of my favorites are walking, bike riding, swimming, yoga, low impact aerobics and strength training. Not all activities and exercises are safe during pregnancy so make sure that you do your homework or workout with someone familiar with prenatal exercises.

Listen to your body!!! If you don’t feel right, don’t continue. Chest pain, headache, bleeding, or trouble breathing, means STOP!


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