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by Idalis Velazquez
updated August 27, 2019
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General Pregnancy Guidelines

If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to your pregnancy, you should be able to maintain that program to some degree throughout your pregnancy.

Exercise does not increase the risk of miscarriage in a normal low-risk pregnancy. The important thing is to discuss these pregnancy exercise guidelines with your health care provider and set up the right routine for you.

General Guidelines:

  • If you are just starting an exercise program as a way of improving your health during your pregnancy, you should start very slowly and be careful not to overexert yourself.
  • Listen to your body. Your body will naturally give you signals that it is time to reduce the level of exercise you are performing.
  • Never exercise to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. This is a sign that your baby and your body cannot get the oxygen they need.
  • Wear comfortable exercise footwear that gives strong ankle and arch support.
  • Take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids during exercise.
  • Avoid exercising in extremely hot weather.
  • Avoid rocky terrain or unstable ground when running or cycling. Your joints are laxer in pregnancy, so ankle sprains and other injuries may occur.
  • Contact sports should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this decreases blood flow to the uterus.
  • Include relaxation and stretching before and after your exercise program.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates.
Idalis Velazquez
Idalis is a wife, proud mom of three girls and an internationally recognized and trusted fitness & lifestyle expert. She is a Beachbody Super Trainer, a bilingual Fitness Influencer and Fitness and Wellness content creator for publications like Women’s Health Magazine, Men’s Health, GQ Magazine and others. She is also a Nordictrack and an iFit International trainer.

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