Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy  and childbirth are very exciting times but can also be very difficult and challenging. According to the CDC there are approximately four million babies born in the U.S each year. Regular exercise is a simple way for expecting and new moms to stay healthy, gain confidence and increase their energy levels. There are many changes and obstacles that your body will go through during pregnancy. One way to ease the difficulties of pregnancy is through exercise. Getting into a routine or an exercise program, approved by your doctor, can be an important way to stay active while pregnant.


There are some ways exercising during pregnancy can be beneficial:

  • Alleviate pain

  • Improve posture

  • Increase stamina for childbirth

  • Reduce risk of gestational diabetes

  • Reduce stress

  • Increase regularity and help with digestion

  • Improve mood

  • Shortened labor

Starting slow and working your way into an exercise routine is always a good idea. A simple 30 minute mild  exercise each day of the week is a great way to keep your body moving during pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several important things to consider when starting an exercise routine, such as pre-pregnancy fitness level, pre-existing health conditions. There are also more serious factors to consider such as pregnancy related conditions such as preeclampsia and multiple births. Whether it’s going for a walk, talking a yoga class, or participating in water aerobics, the benefits of exercising during pregnancy are huge. Remember to go at your own pace, drink plenty of fluids, wear comfortable and supportive shoes and listen to your body. For tips on specific exercises to avoid and suggestions check out this list of benefits and guidelines.