Exercise Guidelines for Every Stage of Pregnancy

Over the years the guidelines for a healthy pregnancy have changed, but now the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says staying active, if there are no contraindications, is of utmost importance for a healthy pregnancy.

The first thing to think about when considering exercise during pregnancy is your pre-pregnancy fitness level. If you've been exercising for a while and would like to continue training during your pregnancy, it's OK to do so. There are guidelines for all exercise while pregnant. Be sure you have an open discussion with your doctor about exercise throughout your pregnancy.

Your training will look different with each trimester. As you progress in the pregnancy, your body will let you know what it can and can't do. Since your heart has to beat harder to deliver oxygen to you and your baby, exercise will probably feel harder due to your elevated heart rate.

A training plan during pregnancy needs to be flexible and done at a level that is safe for mother and baby. Pushing at a hard effort increases the risk for injuries, especially in the hips and lower back.

What workouts are essential for each trimester?

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