Most women can and should exercise during pregnancy. Moderate exercise can help you gain the right amount of weight and reduce leg cramps, bloating, backache and other discomforts of pregnancy. It can also help you to sleep better at night and have more energy during the day.

“There are undoubtedly benefits of exercise for pregnant women. Continuing an existing exercise or starting a new moderate program of exercise has been shown to provide benefits for psychological well-being, limiting weight gain, and lowering risk of gestational diabetes in obese women. There are certain pregnancy complications that would preclude exercise and it is always best to consult with your OBGYN first, however, it is safe for most women.”

Dr. Brian G. Smith

OB/GYN Associates of WNY


Go low-impact: Swimming, cycling, and other non-weight bearing exercises are ideal. Yoga is also a great choice because it emphasizes breathing techniques, which can help ease labor.

Modify your abdominal workout: Try doing crunches on a stability ball. You can use the ball to keep your head above your hips and your back off the floor – both are important when you’re pregnant.

Join a class: Exercise classes help you meet other moms and find support and camaraderie. If you can, continue after your baby is born.

Listen to and honor your body: Let go of competitiveness and expectations, and make the most of this special time.


Do not participate in these activities if you are pregnant:

  • Exercising in excessive heat
  • Jumping or jarring movements
  • Prone and supine positions
  • Low spinal twists
  • Standing for prolonged periods

Make sure to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before you start any exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure. Find out what is kind of exercises are safe for you.

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