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While most women now know that exercising during pregnancy is safe, there are still fears that can keep women from being active enough to reap the benefits of regular prenatal workouts. The real danger lies in being sedentary, which can lead to excess weight gain, gestational diabetes, and a host of other pregnancy problems.
And exercise is safe for both mom (to-be) and baby, according to a
published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. For healthy women, moderate exercise during pregnancy poses no risks to fetal well-being, in terms of blood flow or heart rate. The findings were true for both regular exercisers and first-timers - and even high-intensity workouts are OK if you were already very active before you became pregnant.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG)
at least 30 minutes of some type of exercise on most, if not all, days. Walking, swimming, elliptical machines, and stationary cycling are all great choices. Here are nine benefits of working out when you're pregnant - one for each month:
Always talk with your obstetrician before beginning or significantly changing your workout program.
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