Exercise During Pregnancy

 

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Max Izbicki treats patients in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Izbicki offers personalized care to patients through each stage of pregnancy.

Most healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies may safely exercise. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women who are pregnant get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly. This exercise can alleviate some pregnancy-related pains and may help prevent or improve conditions such as gestational diabetes. Women who are already active typically can continue their exercise regimens, making adjustments as needed.

Sports and activities that could cause a fall should be avoided. Physicians also suggest that women avoid exercises such as hot yoga that lead to overheating as well as activities at very high or very low altitudes, such as scuba diving.

Brisk walking is one low-risk way to get exercise during pregnancy. Swimming and water aerobics are also safe, low-impact workouts for women who are pregnant and may be experiencing lower back or joint pain.

Yoga and Pilates are also good choices. Modified forms of these exercises are suitable for pregnancy and can improve flexibility.

Women who are pregnant should drink water before, during, and after exercise to avoid dehydration. Wearing loose clothing and exercising in climate-controlled spaces can help avoid overheating. If seeing Dr. Izbicki for prenatal care in Chicago, he will discuss activity in pregnancy with you in detail.

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