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8 Questions About Exercise Every Pregnant Woman Should Ask

You’re pregnant! Yay! It’s a huge responsibility and you may have endless questions, especially when it comes to topics like exercise. While some may be afraid to try exercising, it’s best to talk to your doctor before you jump into things and to make sure you get the information you need even if you are an avid athlete. Exercise is not only great for you, but it benefits your unborn and keeps you feeling great!

Whether it’s your first pregnancy or fourth, here are seven questions I suggest asking your doctor when it comes to exercise. It’s always good to cover all your bases!


  • Is it safe for me to exercise? 1 of 8
    Is it safe for me to exercise?
    While every pregnancy is different, there could be some underlying causes where you shouldn't exercise. However, the American Pregnancy Association has some top recommended exercises you should check out.
    Get info on American Pregnancy Association
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  • If I haven’t exercised before, what is the best way for me to begin on a gradual basis? 2 of 8
    If I haven't exercised before, what is the best way for me to begin on a gradual basis?
    Your doctor should have some great suggestions for you to begin a daily exercise program but you must always check with them first to make sure you aren't overdoing it.
    See why one study suggest the many potential benefits of prenatal exercise on fetal development. You may be surprised! Read about it here
    Image via Science Photo Lab
  • If I go to the gym, what machines are safe to use? Which ones should I stay away from? 3 of 8
    If I go to the gym, what machines are safe to use? Which ones should I stay away from?
    If your gym has a pool, I would head to it first or stick to walking on the elliptical and treadmill. However, your doctor may give you the okay to use anything.
    According to Yahoo Voices, you should be able to use at least 10 different pieces of equipment Check it out!
    Image via Science Photo Lab
  • Is running safe during pregnancy? 4 of 8
    Is running safe during pregnancy?
    For those Sex + the City fans, we all remember when Charlotte was afraid to run while pregnant. In my past pregnancies, I've been able to run, but once I hit the third trimester, it helped me to dial down to an elliptical trainer and walking.
    For some great suggestions on just how to run while your pregnant check out Ehow.
    Image via The Nutrition Post
  • Is it okay for me to exercise even though I didn’t prior to getting pregnant? 5 of 8
    Is it okay for me to exercise even though I didn't prior to getting pregnant?
    While my doctor suggested to get moving now or never, you may want to double check. Most of the time they want you to exericse because it lowers blood pressure and inactivty contributes to excess weight gain. You don't want that!
    Check out some pregnancy exercises for beginners on Baby Center
    Image via Science Photo Lab
  • What effect does exercise have on labor + delivery? 6 of 8
    What effect does exercise have on labor + delivery?
    You will be a pro when it comes to pushing! While exercising during pregnancy keeps you in shape for the grand finale. Just recently a small study showed that water aerobics in pregnancy can lessen labor pains.
    Read about the study in the NY Times
    Image via Science Photo Lab
  • Is it safe to continue practicing the downward dog and other yoga exercises? 7 of 8
    Is it safe to continue practicing the downward dog and other yoga exercises?
    While many worry about bending at the waist during pregnancy, yoga for me was a great way to stretch my aching back. Your doctor may tell you to modify certain poses.
    One of our Babble bloggers wrote about some great prenatal yoga tips here.
    Image via Science Photo Lab
  • Is strength training safe during pregnancy? 8 of 8
    Is strength training safe during pregnancy?
    Double check with your doctor before you jump on a machine. In my experience, intense weight training can cause you to be dizzy and may even increase blood pressure. I suggest taking it slow or stop when you feel dizzy. It seems to happen to me often!
    LiveStrong has some great tips on how to strength train during pregnancy and the benefits it has for you. Check it out here!
    Image via Science Photo Lab

No matter how you feel, I would always talk to your doctor and listen to your body once you begin any workout – never push yourself and remember, drink lots of fluids!

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