Women should be encouraged to exercise before, during and after pregnancy. Being sedentary should be discouraged.

Benefits of exercise:

(1) improved weight control

(2) improved mood

(3) reduction in the rate of some obstetrical problems (preterm birth, Cesarean section, etc)


Recommendation for low-risk pregnancy: at least 150 minutes per week (20-30 minutes on most days) of moderate activity


Exercise may combine aerobic and strength-conditioning.



(1) The woman with contraindications for exercise should not exceed any restrictions.

(2) Exercise with a high risk for falls and other trauma should be avoided.

(3) Over-exertion should be avoided.

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