Physical Activity for Pregnant Women

Is it okay to be active during pregnancy?

Being active is healthy and safe for most women during pregnancy. Physical activity during and after pregnancy can help:

  • keep your heart and lungs healthy
  • keep you toned and fit after delivery
  • get you back to your pre-baby weight

Being active during pregnancy can also prevent gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes developed during pregnancy.

If you want to be more active during your pregnancy, start slowly and increase steadily over time. While pregnant, avoid activities that involve lying on your back or that put you at risk of falling or a stomach injury, such as horseback riding, soccer, or basketball.

How much activity do I need?

During and after pregnancy, healthy women should get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate physical activity, such as fast-paced (or brisk) walking.

These minutes can be spread throughout the week, and can be broken up into smaller 10-minute chunks during the day.

If you are a healthy woman who already does vigorous physical activity, such as running, talk with your doctor about how and when activity should change over time.

Read more about physical activity during pregnancy.

This information is provided by Mass in Motion.