Algoma Public Health
Pregnancy - Be Active
Being active is one of the best things you can do for a healthy pregnancy. If you have been regularly active (3 times per week for 30 minutes) before pregnancy, you can safely participate in physical activity right away and during pregnancy. If you have not been regularly active before pregnancy, the best time to start would be after your 12th week of pregnancy when the risks and discomforts are at their lowest.
Walking is always encouraged, regardless of previous activity level unless your health care provider has given you advice to limit activity.
- Consult your health care provider before beginning or changing your physical activity program. Bring this tool with you to find out if there are any reasons you should not be exercising.
- Be sure to eat a light snack about 30 - 60 minutes before exercising.
- Drink water before, during and after your activity.
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For tips on exercising safely, check out this handbook:
Want to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy, but not sure where to start?
The Exercise & Pregnancy Helpline, run out of Women’s College Hospital, offers information to people wishing to become pregnant or people who are already pregnant 1-866-937-7678.
Last Modified: November, 2022