Blog Post

Safety Tips for Exercising While Pregnant
Posted on 03/22/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Safety Tips for Exercising While Pregnant

Safety Tips for Exercising While Pregnant


The doctors and staff at Doylestown Women's Health Center are dedicated to treating every patient we see with the utmost care and attention. Whether you are visiting us to receive gynecological care or need the expertise of caring professionals to guide you through the exciting time of pregnancy and childbirth, we strive to deliver the highest standard of care, which is tailored to your specific needs.

Exercising while you're pregnant for at least ½ hour each day, several times a week can benefit your health during your pregnancy in several ways. Regular exercise can help:

  • Reduce backaches, constipation, swelling & bloating
  • Help prevent and treat Gestational Diabetes
  • Boost your energy levels and improve mood
  • Promote better muscle tone, strength & endurance
  • Help you sleep better
  • Improve your ability to manage labor and get back into shape faster after your baby is born

Exercises You Can Safely Do While Pregnant

There are several exercises you can safely do while you're pregnant. In a previous blog post, we shared several safe pregnancy workouts that you can do right at home which provide you with many benefits such as those listed above. In addition to those exercises you can also take brisk walks, swim, cycle (a stationary bike is best), do yoga, Pilates or dance.

Most of the exercises you were doing before pregnancy can be continued even though you may have to modify your routine a bit. If you are involved in a class, be sure to let your instructor know that you are pregnant and ask for modifications. If you are unsure about any exercise, don't take any chances but instead speak to your doctor.

Exercises to Avoid

Avoid exercises and activities that require jumping or jarring motions as well as those which put you at risk for falling like skiing or horseback riding. You may lift weights if you'd like, but be sure to lift less weight than you would if you weren't pregnant. As you enter your second trimester, avoid doing exercises on your back.

Safety Tips for Exercising During Pregnancy

Take Things Slowly: If you are beginning a new exercise routine or activity, take it easy and start slowly. You can safely add 5 to 10 minutes onto your exercise routine per day until you are doing 30 minutes each day.

Wear Comfortable Clothing and Good Shoes: It is important to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing including a good support bra. Be sure you wear shoes that provide a good grip on the floor/ground.

Drink Plenty of Water: To prevent yourself from becoming dehydrated and overheated, be sure to drink plenty of water while you're exercising. If the weather is hot and humid, avoid exercising outdoors.

Eat Properly: It's important that you eat a well-balanced diet by incorporating lots of healthy foods from the five main food groups into your daily diet. Eating healthy will provide your body with the nutrients it needs both during exercise and your pregnancy to benefit you and your baby.

Warning Signs Indicating You Should Stop Exercising

There are a few warning signs to be aware of which indicate it's time to stop exercising including:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Contractions or strong cramps
  • Fluid leaking from the vagina
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness, calf pain or swelling

If you experience any of the signs above, CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR right away.

Questions or Concerns? Contact Us

The doctors and staff at Doylestown Women's Health Center are always available to speak with you. If you have any questions about exercising while pregnant or any concerns, please contact us at our Doylestown office.