Prior to pregnancy, women are recommended to get 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity exercise. Learn more at our Woman’s Guide to Exercise, where you can find resources and exercises that fit your lifestyle.
Getting healthy before you have your baby is important. Exercise can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and prevent complications during pregnancy, like hypertension and gestational diabetes.
Often, active women can continue moderate to vigorous activity levels throughout their pregnancy. Always make sure you get the OK from your doctor before exercising.
Pregnant women who are not already highly active should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week during pregnancy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Some exercises are not safe for pregnancy. Exercise to avoid include:
- Any activity that involves lying on your back
- Activities that put you at risk for falling, like horseback riding, soccer, or basketball.
From CBSNews, exercises for pregnant women:
After Pregnancy & Beyond
The postpartum period is a great time for exercise. It can help you lose your baby weight, relieve stress and help postpartum depression. Take your time getting back into exercise, especially if you had a C-section.
Once you get the OK from your doctor to exercise, work your way back to getting the recommended 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic. Spread the activity through the week.
Now that you have a family, engaging in physical activity can be a group activity to keep everyone healthy. Learn more about being an active family at the Let’s Move! website.