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Exercise during pregnancy

We generally recommend 30 minutes of daily exercise. Even just 20 minutes, 3 or 4 days a week, can still be beneficial.

For most pregnant women, low impact is best.

Recommended activities during pregnancy

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Prenatal yoga
  • Squats
  • Pelvic Tilts

If you are used to an intense workout or regime, it is best to discuss your personal needs with your midwife.

Avoid these forms of exercise during pregnancy

Your baby will run about one degree higher than you, so it is best to avoid exercise that may cause you and baby to be too hot. It’s ok to have a light shine or sheen while enjoying your water and workout.

Activities Contraindicated for Pregnancy

  • Hot yoga or steam rooms
  • Jarring motions (i.e. Skipping, bouncing, hopping, extensive jumping)
  • Waist-twisting movements while standing
  • Holding your breath for any extended period of time

Resource: Pregnancy Daily Activities


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