Image for pregnant fitnessExercise during pregnancy is not only safe, it’s increasingly recommended. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy women get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise a week. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 30 minutes per day of moderate exercise on most if not all days of the week is recommended for pregnant women who have no medical or obstetric complications.

Some benefits of exercising regularly during pregnancy can include:

  • Weight control
  • Stronger abdominal and back muscles, which improves posture and may lessen back pain
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved mood
  • Preparation for the physical demands of labor
  • Enhanced quality of sleep