What is Safe Exercise During Pregnancy? Does One Guideline Fit All?

Is the general advice for pregnant women to keep exercise “gentle and low impact” (i.e. walking, swimming, pre-natal pilates, pre-natal yoga) correct? This is very safe advice and absolutely appropriate for those who have never exercised before getting pregnant. However, if you’re used to exercising 5-6 times per week at high intensity, or for long durations or lifting heavy weights, being told to suddenly stop doing what you really enjoy, or need to do for maintenance of your fitness, sanity, social life or any other reason it’s not advice that you want to hear. As most people who regularly exercise know, there are multiple wonderful side effects to being active: Increased feeling of well-

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