Exercise in Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

We strongly recommend most women to continue or start an exercise program during their pregnancy. More and more studies show that it has minimal risks and many benefits like decreasing your chances for diabetes in pregnancy, a c-section, and excessive weight gain. Please always talk to your doctor to evaluate your special circumstances.

How much exercise do I need?

We recommend at least 20-30 min a day of moderate aerobic exercise

What type of exercise should I do?

  • Walking,
  • Swimming,
  • Low-intensity aerobics,
  • Free Weights

What type of exercise should I not do?

  • Contact sports (because you can hit your stomach)
  • Activities with high risk of falling (water skiing, horseback riding, snow skiing)
  • Scuba diving
  • Sky Diving
  • Hot Yoga

What are the risks of exercising in pregnancy?

Most common injuries are muscular or joint damage due to increased leg edema and increased flexibility in your joints. You also have an increased risk of dehydration and low blood pressure. Paying attention to proper form when exercising, drinking plenty of water, wearing loose-fitting clothing and avoiding long motionless posses will help you avoid these issues.

Who cannot exercise during pregnancy?

If you have preeclampsia, preterm labor, vaginal bleeding among others you should avoid exercise. Please contact your doctor to see if you are healthy for exercise.

 

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