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Eat and Exercise for Two – What Type of Exercise is best During Pregnancy?

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 16-01-2007

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, low-impact exercise that requires moderate exertion is probably best during pregnancy. Walking, swimming, dancing and cycling seem to be comfortable pregnancy exercises that can be enjoyed by most women.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), many different types of exercise can be safe for most pregnant women. They do recommend following these guidelines when choosing a pregnancy exercise plan:

  • Make sure your partner avoids activities in which pregnant women can get hit in the abdomen, like kickboxing, soccer, basketball or ice hockey
  • Steer your spouse clear of pregnancy exercises in which women can fall, like horseback riding, downhill skiing, and gymnastics
  • Do not let your spouse scuba dive as a form of pregnancy exercise. Scuba diving can create gas bubbles in the baby’s blood that can cause many health problems

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2 comments
Tom
Tom

I bought my wife one of those G2 Fit maternity stretch mats and she loves it since there are self guiding pictures on it. I don't even have to be in the room with her! haha kidding.

New York Bill
New York Bill

How about tennis. I see a lot of pregnant women playing tennis. that has to be tough on them. Does anyone have data on this?