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Staying fit is just as important during pregnancy as it is before pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercising during pregnancy may provide the following benefits:
The National Institutes of Health also includes these important health benefits, noting that “regular, moderate physical activity during pregnancy” may help:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that you first see your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program, particularly during your pregnancy , and “in the absence of either medical or obstetric complications”, you can adopt the recommendation provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine for non-pregnant individuals: engage in “an accumulation of 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise a day most, if not all, days of the week”.3
ACOG goes on to suggest that walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics are safe to do while pregnant, and if you were a runner before pregnancy, you can continue to do so, with some adjustment.4
The take away from all of this is whether you are not pregnant or pregnant, exercise does a body good – just check with your healthcare provider first!
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