Keep Exercising

Whether you've been exercising so far or not, now is a great time to get moving.

If you're lucky, you've been exercising all the way through your 1st trimester. Many women aren't so fortunate. Morning sickness and fatigue can keep them on the sidelines.

If you didn't exercise much during the 1st trimester, that's OK -- you can start now (provided your doctor approves). Walking is a great fitness activity for all pregnant women, particularly those who are not athletic and who haven't followed an exercise regimen before conception. If you jogged, ran, swam, or took aerobics classes before you got pregnant, you can ease back into those activities now; start slowly and gently if your body has been out of commission for a while. Listen to your body, and if you feel comfortable returning to your prepregnancy exercise levels, go ahead. You may find yourself breathless halfway through a workout that used to leave you feeling invigorated. That's because you're exercising for two!

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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