Exercise During Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology states that exercise during pregnancy has the following benefits:

  • Less backaches, constipation, and swelling
  • Prevent gestational diabetes
  • More energy
  • Better mood
  • Sleep better
  • May help you cope with labor1

Some good exercise choices are: walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, and prenatal yoga. You can also find classes and videos that are made just for pregnant women. A few precautions when it comes to fitness during pregnancy:

  • Don’t lie flat on your back after the first trimester
  • Start slow. If you didn’t exercise before your pregnancy, talk to your doctor before you start.
  • Stay hydrated and don’t allow yourself to get overheated
  • Eat enough calories to maintain your weight. Pregnancy is not the time to lose weight.
  • Don’t exercise if you are at risk for preterm labor, have any bleeding, or if your water breaks early.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Most experts agree that during pregnancy, you should gain:


Body Mass Index

Weight Gain

Normal Weight 18.5 – 24.9 25 – 35 pounds
Underweight Under 18.5 28 – 40 pounds
Overweight 25 – 29.9 15 – 25 pounds
Obese More than 30 11 – 20 pounds


What is my BMI? Use the calculator from CDC here. This chart is for women who are only having one baby. If you are having twins or multiples, it is recommended that you gain more.




1) Exercise During Pregnancy. 2012. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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