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  • Being active is healthy and safe for most pregnant women.
  • It can help your body get ready to give birth.
  • Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.
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Keep moving, for yourself and your baby

You’re pregnant, so it’s OK to sit back and put your feet up, right? Guess again! For most women, being active is healthy during pregnancy. We’re not saying this is the time to start a hard core exercise routine. But a moderate amount of exercise each day can be good for both you and your baby.

In this topic, find out how being active during pregnancy can help you relieve stress, manage your weight gain and make you feel better overall. If you’re feeling worn out during pregnancy, exercise can help you find extra energy. And it can help your body get ready for labor and birth.

Activities like walking and swimming are excellent during pregnancy. But not every kind of physical activity is safe for you and your baby. Find out what’s OK and what not to do during pregnancy.

Signs to stop exercising

  • Contractions of your uterus
  • Feeling your baby move less inside
  • Dizziness, chest pains or headaches
  • Vaginal bleeding, or leaking of amniotic fluid
Call your health care provider immediately if you have any of these symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any exercises I should not do during pregnancy?

Yes. Don't do exercises, like riding a bike, that could make you lose your balance. You don't want to fall and hurt yourself or your baby. Don't do activities that have potential for serious injury. These include horseback riding, scuba diving, downhill skiing or a sport in which you could get hit in the stomach. Stay out of saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms, and don't do things that could make you overheated. After your first trimester, keep from doing activities that make you lie flat on your back.

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

For most women, yes. Unless your health care provider advises you otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby. Some circumstances make sex during pregnancy unsafe. Pregnant women who have any of these health complications should talk to their provider before having sex:

Usually, a woman can continue sexual activity during pregnancy as long as she feels comfortable. Talk to your health care provider about any specific questions.

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