Prenatal Health — Exercise in Pregnancy

Continue present level of exercise

If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to pregnancy, you should be able to maintain your program to some degree during pregnancy.

Listen to your body. Your body will naturally give you signals that it is time to reduce your level of exercise.

Never exercise to the point of breathlessness or exhaustion.

Recommended exercises

These include walking, biking, swimming, yoga. Avoid activities such as contact sports, downhill skiing, scuba diving, waterskiing.

Not currently exercising?

You may begin a program of walking 3-4 times per week for 20-30 minutes. Be aware of how your body is tolerating the exercise. If you are feeling lightheaded or dizzy, you are doing too much. Always drink plenty of water when you exercise. Please keep in mind that the changes of pregnancy may interfere with the ability to engage safely in some forms of physical activity. A woman's overall health, including medical risks, should be evaluated before starting an exercise program.


Avoid exercise in extremely hot weather.

Do not use saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, or tanning beds during your pregnancy.

These activities elevate your body temperature and can be harmful to the baby and possibly to you.