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Exercise and Weight Gain

Unless you have problems in your pregnancy, you can probably continue with whatever exercise you did prior to pregnancy. Walking and swimming are great choices. If you didn't exercise before pregnancy, start slowly. It is probably best to avoid anything that could cause you to fall.

Only your doctor can provide you with personalized advice as to the importance of exercise during your individual pregnancy. But experts agree that prenatal exercise can be beneficial for both mom and baby.

Women who exercise during pregnancy have:

  • less nausea
  • less tiredness
  • fewer backaches
  • fewer leg cramps
  • fewer swollen ankles
  • more strength and flexibility
  • more energy
  • better posture and circulation
  • more stamina for labor and childbirth
  • less stress

Women who exercise after giving birth:

  • add strength and muscle tone
  • have more energy to keep up with a new baby
  • return to pre-pregnancy shape faster than those who do not exercise

Weight Gain
How much should I gain during pregnancy? Generally about 25 to 30 pounds. Depending on your initial weight, you may need to gain more than 25 to 30 pounds or gain only 15 to 18 pounds.

Last Updated: 10/25/2013