We often receive questions about exercising while pregnant. This is a topic that I feel passionately about as a mother who has enjoyed the benefits of being active during both of my pregnancies, and as an owner of a health and wellness facility.
There's a lot of different information about this topic on the internet, and many doctors have different opinions on the type of activity that a pregnant mother should engage in.
Personally, I was devastated when a nurse at a major OBGYN clinic told me off the cuff that I should discontinue my exercise when I was 3 months into my first pregnancy. After a little research, I soon learned that her recommendation was outdated. In 1998 when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed their position on exercise during pregnancy deeming the benefits outweighing the risks.
Making the decision to continue working out (particularly in a controlled, safe training environment) is a very personal one. I worked out all throughout my first pregnancy (up until 37 weeks) and I had a great pregnancy and an even better delivery. Even on days where I felt nauseous, if I could just get moving, the nausea would subside and I would feel ‘normal’ again. I am now about halfway through my second pregnancy and enjoying the benefits of being active.
As with anything, we recommend doing your own research and determine if the benefits of an active lifestyle will outweigh any potential risks. Here are a few of the health benefits to the mother and baby that were factors in my decision to continue working out throughout my pregnancies.
Health Benefits for Mama