Dr. Barbara Huggins

Prenatal Exercise

August 2, 2007

Prenatal Exercise -  August 2, 2007The weight gain that comes during pregnancy can often be used as an excuse to become a couch potato. But that is one of the worst things an expectant mother can do. Dr. Mom tells you why.

Recent studies have shown that exercise during pregnancy can provide numerous benefits well past the time of childbirth. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend exercising at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:

Top recommended exercises

The American Pregnancy Association lists the top recommended exercises as:

Activities to avoid are snow skiing, water skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, and contact sports. Running and jogging may be continued only if you were a runner before becoming pregnant, AND at the discretion of your physician.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, STOP exercising and call your doctor:

As with any exercise program, always consult your physician or obstetrician before starting an exercise program.

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