Working Out While Pregnant

Is it healthy to workout while pregnant?

Fitness expert Basheera Ahmad says that three out of four pregnant women don’t get enough exercise. Studies show that women who work out during pregnancy have lower rates of gestational diabetes and hypertension, and doing so can even give your baby a healthier heart!

“Exercise is great, even during pregnancy,” OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “It’s really healthy for pregnancy. It helps keep away diabetes and hypertension. It helps you maintain a nice, healthy weight which gives you a healthy labor and delivery.

“You can do a lot of things as far as exercise,” she continues. “Anything that’s low impact, where you’re not getting off the ground. You don’t want to do anything that’s jarring, or where you have the potential to fall. You want to stay well hydrated. You can do stationary bicycling, swimming is fantastic, [as is] prenatal yoga.”

However, steer clear of any exercise that compresses the body -- like crunches -- while pregnant. Be sure to use a heart rate monitor, and make sure your heart rate do not go above 140 beats per minute.

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