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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy, Answered

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Is it safe to exercise while pregnant?

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Active or more sloth-like, this is still one of the common pregnancy questions among mamas-to-be. It’s something that you should ideally discuss with your health care provider at the start of the pregnancy. There is no cut-and-dry answer because it depends on a person’s activity level before their pregnancy, what trimester they’re in, the type of exercise they want to do, their pregnancy history, etc. Follow your doctor’s advice above all else. In general, some moderate exercise is good for getting the body ready for the birth and boosting mood. KidsHealth.gov suggests that those who are pregnant avoid anything with bouncing, sudden changes of direction, and any activity where there is risk of abdominal injury. Listen to your body, don’t push things, and watch out for any sudden symptoms. And remember to stay hydrated.

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