The Benefits of Working Out While Pregnant

Beautiful pregnant woman exercising while sitting in lotus position


Exercise during pregnancy has so many benefits, it’s hard to know where to begin. There are the immediate benefits to your mama-to-be body like healthier weight gain, better digestion, lower levels of back pain, less chance of developing gestational diabetes, increased energy, and possibly decreased morning sickness. These alone are huge!

Plus there’s more: When it comes time to deliver, being fit might make labor shorter and make it less likely that you’ll have a C-section or need an episiotomy. Post-birth, you won’t have to work as hard to get your pre-baby body back, and—get this—you are even more likely to stay thinner throughout your life than the moms who didn’t work out during pregnancy.

And those are just a few of the benefits to you, mama! Let’s not forget about the perks of exercise for that baby on board. Babies of moms who exercised during pregnancy have lower (but completely healthy) birth weights, have healthier hearts, and are less likely to develop diabetes as adults or become overweight kids.

Close Up Of Pregnant Woman Exercising With Weights
Exercising while pregnant has so many benefits.

You probably already knew (or at least suspected) some of these things. It seems like we’re all getting smarter about exercising at all points in our life. And exercise during pregnancy does require some thinking, specifically about what’s best and safe for an expecting mama to do. The workouts you did pre-pregnancy might not be ideal to do right now, and in a few instances might even be dangerous for your baby.

That’s why the Active Maternity Series from Beachbody’s Autumn Calabrese is so helpful. Celebrity trainer and mom Autumn developed a series of workout videos for expecting moms to follow throughout their pregnancies. Each trimester has different workouts, from cardio to strength training to yoga and flexibility, designed specifically for a pregnant woman’s needs and abilities during that time. So there’s no worrying about overdoing it, or doing the wrong moves for your growing body and baby. Best of all, these workouts are online and available on-demand anywhere and everywhere–on your phone, tablet, TV, computer, whatever!

Bonus: Now you can try the pregnancy workouts for free with a complimentary 30-day subscription to Autumn’s Active Maternity Series videos. The no-commitment, cancel-anytime trial gives you access to all of Autumn’s trimester-based videos, so you can join at any point during your pregnancy and find workouts that are custom-made for your body, whatever the size of your belly. Autumn often makes new videos, so there’s no risk of getting bored with the same workout over and over.

The image of a pregnant woman sitting on the couch eating ice cream just isn’t accurate any more, is it, moms? Today’s expecting moms know exercise is essential for healthy pregnancies. And it couldn’t be easier than an on-demand workout program that’s designed for moms-with-bumps. With the free trial offer and anywhere, anytime access, there are really no excuses, mama!

Visit to learn more and start your free 30-day subscription.