Most women wonder how much or how little they can do while pregnant. Is it safe to exercise? What about fly on a plane? Should I rest more, even if I don’t feel tired? The guidelines below apply in most circumstances, but speak to your doctor if you have concerns.
For most pregnant women, our advice is to be active, but don’t take unnecessary risks.
If you’re used to running or swimming, it’s okay to keep it up, but don’t start a new vigorous exercise program, and you may need to decrease the intensity, especially when it’s hot. Avoid activities with a high risk of falling or severe pressure changes, such as horseback riding, water skiing, skydiving, scuba diving, etc.
It’s a great idea to start walking if you aren’t already.
Be sure to wear comfortable supportive shoes and drink plenty of water. Walking keeps your heart strong and your muscles toned, may contribute to an easier labor, helps prevent too much weight gain, and can ease constipation. Bonus: Women who participate in a walking program during pregnancy are often able to recover more quickly after delivery.
Most pregnant women may travel, including air travel, until 34 weeks.
Having said that, be sure to check with your doctor before heading out. While traveling, stay hydrated and take frequent stretching/bathroom breaks. Heading out for a “babymoon” in the later stages of your pregnancy? In most cases, sex is fine right up until the day you deliver, although you may need to try a different position for comfort. If you have had any early labor or bleeding, however, check with doctor first.
Pregnancy is a magical time when it’s important not to push yourself too much.
Take the seat that someone offers to you, the closer parking spot, and the offer for a little help. The world loves the thought of a new life and you’ve never been more beautiful (even when you don’t feel it).