Benefits of Physical Activity

Please check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.

When you are pregnant, you may not be feeling your best. Exercise may help provide some relief. For healthy women with a normal pregnancy, exercising regularly - at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week - can be beneficial for mother and baby.

Group exercise

Mother and daughter

Benefits include:

  • Reduces excessive weight gain during pregnancy
  • Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
  • May help in the prevention or treatment of gestational diabetes
  • Reduces pre-eclampsia
  • Improves your energy
  • Reduces mood disorders
  • Improves your posture
  • Reduces delivery complications
  • Reduces negative body image
  • Promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance
  • Helps you sleep better

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