Did you know that working out is a good way to minimize the common symptoms of pregnancy. We’re not telling you that your back will not ache and that your ankles will not get swollen, but it will reduce the pain. Working out while you’re pregnant offers lots of benefits for you and your baby!
Benefits of working out while pregnant:
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it:
- Boosts your mood
- Reduces stress
- As we said, reduces low back pain
And it also decreases the chance of the following:
- premature birth
- cesarean birth
- excessive weight gain
- gestational diabetes or hypertensive disorders such as preeclampsia
- low birth weight
Now that you know all the benefits of working out during pregnancy: “How long can I workout?”
Again, The ACOG suggests that future moms should get at least 30 minutes (or more) of moderate exercise per day, or at least “most days of the week” (but we suggest you do it every day).
“What are “moderate exercises” though?”
Walking (outside or on a treadmill), water aerobics, bike, hiking, dancing, etc…
But you can also do slow/low rep circuit exercises if you’re used to doing HIIT training!
Squats, reverse lunges, side planks and side lunges are movements you can include in your fitness routine! If you need more help on creating the perfect workout routine: check out our App “BIM”. It’s the best Social Fitness App for home workouts!
But as always: stay safe! Here are some tips to consider when exercising during pregnancy. According to, you already know, the ACOG:
- Get clearance from your doctor
- Drink up! Stay hydrated and drink water before, during, and after your workout (we have some tips for you if you’re always dehydrated)
- Wear supportive clothing (like a sports bra or belly band)
- Don’t overheat, especially during the first trimester
- Avoid lying flat on your back for too long (especially during the third trimester)
Next week, we give you “The Best Exercises to Lose ‘Baby Fat’ After Pregnancy”! So be there ;)