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Pregnancy
Exercise

Staying active and exercising can help you feel better. It may also ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Always talk to your doctor or nurse before starting to exercise or continuing your regular exercise routine during pregnancy.

Being active:

  • Helps you feel better
  • Strengthens your muscles
  • Reduces backache
  • Relieves stress
  • Burns calories

Walking

Walking is a good choice. Just remember:

  • Start out slowly and build up each day
  • Your balance changes when you are pregnant so be careful
  • Wear comfortable shoes with low (or no) heels and support

Walking Tips:

  • Choose a time and place that is fun. Many indoor malls across the state have walking clubs. Your healthcare team may know of walking clubs in your area.
  • Do short walks during the day. If you can't set aside one 30-minute block of time, take three 10-minute walks during the day.
  • Have a friend or family member join you. This might be a great time to spend quality time with the baby's father, other children you may have or a special friend or neighbor.  

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Last updated: August 2014

 
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