Exercise Overview

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Dr. O’Connor

A good diet is only part of your recipe for a healthy pregnancy. Exercise is also important because it can keep you from gaining too much weight and can help make sure that you and your baby get plenty of oxygen.

Exercise is encouraged during pregnancy because it has many benefits including preparing you for labor and childbirth. It’s best to try and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day on most, if not all, days. This will help with some of the common discomforts of pregnancy including reducing backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. It also improves sleep, your mood, and your posture, and can help prevent or treat gestational diabetes.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare team about exercise, especially if you have any medical conditions or complications with your pregnancy.