Four Benefits of Exercising When Pregnant

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Jen Logan, Community Exercise and Aquatics Program Manager

Jennifer Logan, Community Exercise and Aquatics Program Manager

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. While there are lots of things for expecting mothers to consider when the pregnancy test is positive, a plan on how best to exercise while pregnant isn’t always at the top of the list. But it’s key to a healthy pregnancy.

Staying active—or getting into fitness routine for the first time—is a great way to maintain your health and improve the health of your baby.

For most women, it is safe to exercise at any stage of pregnancy, unless you’re told otherwise by a medical professional. It’s best to start with a light workout under the direction of an exercise professional, especially if you weren’t active before you got pregnant.

Here are four benefits of moderate exercise during pregnancy for expecting moms of all fitness levels:   

Reduced low back pain. Exercise enhances core stability and strength, which prepares muscles for childbirth and keeps low back pain at bay.

Healthier weight gain. Gaining weight is a natural part of pregnancy, but gaining too much can stress your joints. Exercise can help keep weight gain within healthier limits.

Flexibility. No amount of exercise can make it easy for a third trimester mom to tie her shoes. But it will help you to maintain your range of motion during and after pregnancy.

Improved cardiovascular endurance. A low-impact walking regime or aerobics in a pool can improve your endurance, which will come in handy when delivery day comes.

South Shore Health offers affordable and convenient prenatal exercise classes—check out the schedule here!

With the help of an experienced exercise professional, you can safely improve or maintain your physical fitness level throughout your pregnancy.


To see our full list of prenatal and post-natal exercise programs, please visit our website