Disclaimer: ALWAYS talk about your exercise routine with your midwife before continuing or starting a new one! Your midwife is the one that knows your health and may have recommendations or restrictions based on your specific pregnancy! 

Being active in pregnancy is so important! Each woman will have a different level of exercise that is okay for her body and baby.

Labor is called labor for a reason! It’s hard work! While you certainly don’t have to be an athlete to have a baby having a strong heart and being is good health is important.

As a general rule if you were doing it before pregnancy you can probably continue to do it (as long as your body is handling it well)! So if you were a marathon runner, avid hiker, or CrossFit power lifter good for you keep it up!

On the other hand if you were not active before pregnancy this is not an excuse to remain on the couch! Find easy ways to start incorporating activity into your day. Some of our favorite forms of exercise include…

Walking
Biking
Yoga/Pilates

Cross Country Skiing

Swimming

Dancing
Interval Exercises with Body Weight

Exercises you should avoid while pregnant include anything with a risk of injury or falling. Think downhill skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, etc. Remember that as your pregnancy progresses your balance and center of gravity will become more and more affected. So sports that rely heavily on these two things will become increasingly difficult.

Even if you were super active before pregnancy you may find that you are unable to continue with the same level of intensity. This is okay! Listen to your body! If your body is telling you to slow down, do it!

Other considerations for exercise while pregnant include being aware that hormones will make your ligaments much looser so you can overstretching causing an injury. Also, your abdominal muscles more prone to injury while pregnant so as a general rule you should avoid most traditional “ab exercises”. Especially as pregnancy progresses.

Lastly, ALWAYS talk about your exercise routine with your midwife before continuing or starting a new one! Your midwife is the one that knows your health and body and may have recommendations or restrictions based on your specific pregnancy! I can’t emphasize this enough!

Exercise in pregnancy is such a good way to take care of your body, improve mood, digestion, overall health and help prevent depression. Finding the right way for you body and baby is part of the fun of pregnancy!