Is it Okay to Exercise During Pregnancy

The question ‘is it okay to exercise during pregnancy?’ is now answered differently by doctors. Staying physically active during pregnancy is now highly encouraged.

Advantages of exercising during pregnancy

Doing your normal daily exercises during pregnancy can have the following advantages:

Shorter and easier labor

Exercising releases certain chemicals, known as endorphins, in your brain which help boost your energy level

Prevents complications during pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia

Makes it easier to adapt to the weight gain

Alleviates backaches

Strengthens bones and muscles

Improving bowel movements

Relieves anxiety and restlessness

Stimulates the production of fluids that lubricate your joints, preventing their wear and tear

Improves blood circulation

Increases endurance and helps gain control over breathing

Makes it easier to re-gain your pre-pregnancy figure.

How to get started

Always consult your doctor before indulging in any kind of exercise. If you are prone to certain complications, professional guidance is mandatory.

Exercise that is recommended during pregnancy

Walking, swimming, cycling on a stationary bike and aquanatal classes are all considered to be good and safe forms of exercise during pregnancy. Yoga, pilates, and kegels are also highly recommended. It is better to seek professional help and guidance in planning out your work-out regimes. A combination of all these exercises is suggested.

Exercise that is not recommended during pregnancy

Activities that might involve a risk of falling, over-exertion and other physical injury should be avoided. This includes horse-riding, gymnastics, skating, contact or collision sports.

Reasons why you should stop exercising during pregnancy

If you develop any of the following complications, stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor:

Any sort of aches or pains


Shortness of breath

Vaginal bleeding

Difficulty in walking


High blood pressure

Reasons why exercise may not be good during your pregnancy

If you have had complications in prior pregnancies, or have the following conditions, it is better not to exercise and avoid any risks:

If you have had a premature baby or a miscarriage

If you are Anemic

If you are overweight or underweight

If you have a serious lung or heart condition

If you are carrying more than one baby