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What are the benefits of exercise while pregnant?

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Dr. Jeannette Lager
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many benefits: Exercise can be great for pregnancy! it helps with mood, helps to prepare your body for labor and delivery (building stamina), and can be a great time to connect with your partner and talk about your future child. However, it is important to discuss this with your doctor. Exercises to avoid include scuba diving and any contact sports.
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
Lots!: It helps mood, energy level & sleep. It also helps constipation, bloating, swelling, & back pain. Walking & swimming are good. Avoid activities where you could easily fall/hurt your belly, like hockey, soccer, basketball, horseback riding, downhill skiing, & gymnastics. Tell OB if short of breath, vaginal bleeding or fluid, dizzy, weak, chest pain, swollen leg, contractions, or baby moving less.

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Can I exercise while pregnant?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: You should keep active throughout your pregnancy. Just about everyone can exercise during pregnancy. Yoga and walking are good for those who are not used to exercise. You can continue almost any exercise during pregnancy. If you have medical or pregnancy complications, you should ask your doctor before exercising.

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