Exercising during pregnancy can be incredibly beneficial for mom and baby (personally I have been active through both pregnancies!). And while the traditional thought of allowing a pregnant woman to rest on her hiney for 9 months is sooo outdated, we still need to be mindful of how a pregnant woman works out. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have set forth guidelines for exercising during pregnancy. ACOG states unequivocally that in a normal, healthy pregnancy, exercise is safe and advisable provided you clear it with your health provider first.
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women should aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week. Moderate intensity means you are moving enough to raise your heart rate and start sweating. You can talk normally but you cannot sing.
These are the guidelines for exercising during pregnancy by ACOG:
A pregnant woman should stop exercising if any of these conditions are present:
In some cases exercise during pregnancy is not advisable. According to ACOG, exercise is not safe for women with these conditions:
So, if you’re like me and expecting a little bundle of joy soon, put down the ice cream, get off the couch and get moving! Follow these guidelines for exercising during pregnancy and you can have a safe and active 9 months!