Exercise is good for healthy pregnant women. It can relieve back pain, swelling, and other discomforts of pregnancy. It also prepares your muscles for childbirth. And exercise can improve your energy level and help you sleep better.
If your doctor or midwife recommends it, get more exercise. Walking is a good choice. Bit by bit, increase the amount you walk every day. Try for at least 2½ hours a week. But if you do not already exercise, be sure to talk with your doctor or midwife before you start a new exercise program. Try exercise classes for pregnant women. Doctors do not recommend contact sports during pregnancy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor, midwife, or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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