Is it safe to exercise while pregnant? (Video)

As per ACOG, “If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity.”

So yes, exercising during pregnancy is safe and healthy.

Benefits of exercising while pregnant:

  • Reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, like gestational diabetes
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduces back and pelvic pain
  • It helps you sleep better
  • Increases your energy
  • Improves your mood
  • Eases constipation and swelling
  • Promotes healthy weight gain
  • Speed post-delivery recovery

Some of the exercises you can do are:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Stationary cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Kegel exercises for your pelvic muscles

30 minutes of exercise every day is recommended


  • Make sure to consult with your doctor before you start any exercise program during pregnancy
  • Stop exercising if you experience any warning signs, pain, or discomfort and contact your doctor immediately


  • Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout
  • For support and comfort, wear a maternity sports bra and maternity workout clothes like maternity leggings, comfy joggers with an over-the-belly waistband
  • Avoid becoming overheated
  • Avoid standing still or lying flat on your back as much as possible.
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