Best Exercises During Pregnancy

best exercises during pregnancy

Should you exercise during your pregnancy? During your first trimester, it can be hard to even get out of bed let alone exercise, because you are so exhausted. However, I am a big fan of exercise during pregnancy. Not only does it surprisingly give you more energy, it also boosts your mood, improves sleep, and helps with the aches and pains of pregnancy. Exercise strengthens your muscles for labor and delivery, and makes it much easier to get back to normal after the birth of your baby.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women exercise for at least 30 minutes per day most days of the week. You want to get your heart pumping, increase your flexibility, manage weight gain, and prep your muscles, but you also need to make sure you don’t overdo it and cause stress for you or the baby.

If you were exercising before your pregnancy, there is no reason to stop once you get pregnant. Many women continue to run or weight train during their pregnancies. However, you do not want to start a rigorous routine when you are pregnant if you were not a big exerciser beforehand. Modify your workouts based on your fitness level and speak to your doctor about what the best plan would be for you.

With my first baby, I didn’t do a whole lot of exercise other than tons of walking. I had miscarried my first pregnancy, and was a little nervous about overdoing anything. So I spent lots of time walking for exercise, which was great, but this time around with baby 2, I decided to try a little more. I have been doing a combo of pilates and yoga about 4-5 days a week, and I still walk as well. I have found that overall, I feel healthier and lighter this pregnancy. Of course my little basketball belly is growing and growing, but the other areas like my arms, thighs, booty, etc. are still feeling strong and toned.

Some people may think that pregnancy limits your exercise. That is true to an extent, but there are SO many things you can do during your pregnancy for exercise including walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, dancing, yoga, stretching, weight training, barre, or spin classes.

If you can’t make it to a gym, there are also many mini workouts and exercises you can do from the comfort of your own living room. Some of my favorites include planks and side planks, squats, wall push-ups, pelvic tilts, leg lifts, step-ups, calf raises, and seated rows.

Do you plan to exercise during your pregnancy? What are your favorite ways to exercise while pregnant?