What kind of exercise is safe during pregnancy?

Real Mom Problem

“I want to work out. Not super harsh or anything, but I want to stay active and don't know what I can do.”

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Quick Tips

  • 1. Many moms stick with the exercises they were doing before pregnancy
  • 2. Mom-tested safe exercises include the elliptical, Zumba, yoga, swimming, and even running
  • 3. Listen to your body and don't overdo it
  • 4. Talk to your doctor before starting any new workout routines

Real Mom Solutions

You might have to make some adjustments to your pre-pregnancy exercise routine, but there's no reason to stop working out when you're pregnant. Read what exercises these moms found safe to continue while they were expecting.

Try These Pregnancy-Friendly Exercises

  • Mrs.Andrews

    Swimming is a GREAT exercise during pregnancy. You can swim laps, join an aerobics class, or just walk in the water.

  • KatieGirls2

    Swimming is a great way to relax and exercise while pregnant! It can help relieve some of those aches and pains too. I wish I had access to a pool! Swim away momma, swim away.

  • fireeyes81

    Gotta love the at-home treadmill! Since I've been pregnant, I like to do a program called "Death Valley." It does intervals of speed walking and incline. Sometimes I think it's actually harder than running.

  • Oneatatimemommy

    I was told with my last pregnancy to walk and swim. Those two are totally safe.

  • Owl_Feather

    I'd recommend prenatal yoga!

  • jeenw1019

    I was told I could Zumba while pregnant but my heart rate could not go above 140.

  • kmqw229

    I walk a lot, and play at the park with my kids. If your body is used to working out, there is no reason to change during early pregnancy.

Stick to Your Regular Routine

  • Mrs.Andrews

    If you were exercising before you got pregnant it is perfectly fine to keep doing what you were doing. If you weren't then you shouldn't start doing much more than light exercise now.

  • Oneatatimemommy

    If you already exercise keep going with it as long as it isn't your abs or heavy weights.

  • marihla

    I'm pleased that my doctor said, "Whatever you do, DO NOT stop exercising!" He told me push-ups are fine, sit-ups, biking, swimming and everything else I was doing before I was pregnant.

Listen to Your Body

  • fireeyes81

    I have been a runner for around 11 years and running during pregnancy is the one thing I can't seem to do. I started out this pregnancy trying to run and that only lasted until about week seven when the nausea and vomiting set in. Now I'm so exhausted that I settle for long walks and hill climbing. If your body is telling you not to run, don't do it. The elliptical is a good substitute.

  • vwd_johnson

    Just listen to your body. And don't overheat or get your heart rate too high. Besides that you're fine. I did Zumba throughout my whole pregnancy.

  • wife2jeff

    I continued running until my pubic bones started to separate. Then it started to hurt. So, I walked on the treadmill in intervals.

  • Marimaru

    I was told I could do my cardio, and that my heart rate could go above 140, but not for more than 15 minutes at a time. So I can do 15 minutes, rest for a few minutes and do 15 minutes more. This is based on my working out before I was pregnant. Listen to your body. I can't do as much for as long now as I could toward the beginning of my second trimester (I am 26 weeks).

  • marihla

    You will find what things end up being uncomfortable for you. Honestly, your body will tell you what you can do, just stay hydrated and eat enough. If you don't exercise, you will have a hard time giving birth and recovering from your baby weight afterward. I am VERY happy that I did not stop any of my routine because I'm 17 weeks and though my belly is big, my arms and legs are still toned and I had no morning sickness or any other issues. You'll be happy that you exercised. Especially in that last month, when it's hard to walk upstairs!