Q: Should I exercise during my pregnancy?
A: Yes. Being physically active is good for both you and your baby and may even contribute to shorter labor.
Q: How hard can I exercise?
A: Always consult your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program. If you are normally physically active, you should be able to continue exercising but not at your normal rate - stick with what’s comfortable for you. An ideal heart rate during exercise is 120 beats per minute. Do not let your heart rate exceed 140 beats per minute. Also, never exercise in hot, humid weather.
Q: What are “safe” exercises during pregnancy?
A: Swimming, walking, indoor stationary cycling and low-impact aerobics.
Q: Are there exercises I should avoid during pregnancy?
A: Yes. The list includes: