How much exercise is safe during pregnancy

Kimberly Arkebauer, an obstetrician and gynecologist with Crozer-Keystone Health System, recommends that pregnant women get 30 minutes of exercise a day. Besides helping to manage weight gain, regular exercise during pregnancy builds strength and stamina and better control of core muscles, including the pelvic floor muscles, which are especially crucial during labor. Still, it’s wise during pregnancy to consult your doctor before hitting the gym, and follow guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The following are signs to stop exercising immediately: lightheadedness, dizziness, headache, overheating, dehydration, chest pains or shortness of breath, any sign of bleeding or contractions, lack of fetal movement, amniotic fluid leakage. Two studies recently presented at the Society for Neuroscience show a connection between exercise during pregnancy and the baby's neurological development. A new review published in the BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology also found that exercise reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

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