Can I Exercise During Pregnancy?

While it may be the last thing on your mind, exercising during your pregnancy has many benefits for both you and your baby. You should always consult your physician before you begin exercising. Unless you’re dealing with serious complications, your doctor should be supportive to the idea.

Exercising while pregnant can help you deal with all of the aches and pains that come may come along as your body changes. Some of these benefits may include:

  • Better sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Stronger muscles, which will aid in delivering your baby
  • Decreased muscle pain and soreness, especially in the lower back
  • Prevent excess weight gain

There are, of course, certain exercises to avoid. Especially:

  • Contact sports
  • Especially dangerous sports like gymnastics, water skiing, horseback riding, etc.
  • Activities that include laying flat on your back after your first trimester

Be sure to start small, especially if you did not exercise often before becoming pregnant. Perhaps most importantly, make sure to listen to your body. If you are feeling as though something is wrong, stop right away. If you begin feeling dizzy or lightheaded, experience cramping/contractions or bleeding, you should seek medical attention right away.

At Pacific Women’s Center, we work with women to help them craft a plan for safely exercising during their pregnancy. We’ll create a plan that’s tailored to your fitness level, body type and stage of your pregnancy.

If you are interested in learning more about exercising during pregnancy, please give us a call at 541-342-8616 today to schedule an appointment.