It's OK to Work Out During Pregnancy

DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is not meant to replace the advice and recommendations of your doctor and/or midwife. Please consult your caregiver before beginning any exercise program.

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Have you put your workouts on hold because of your pregnancy? Perhaps you're worried that running a few miles or lifting some free weights might do more harm than good. There's no need to be concerned: A recent study by doctors at the University of Oslo, in Norway, discovered that healthy women who exercised during pregnancy delivered healthy babies without compromising fetal growth or development. So get busy, because exercise during pregnancy is beneficial to both you and your baby. But do play it safe:

Check with your doctor before you begin.

Always exercise at a level that does not cause pain, shortness of breath, or excessive fatigue.

Do exercises such as swimming, stationary cycling, and walking.

Avoid activities such as contact and racquet sports.

Don't exercise while lying on your back, since the weight of the baby can interfere with proper blood circulation.

Exercise in the early morning or late evening to help you avoid getting too hot.

Drink plenty of fluids even if you're not thirsty.

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