Date: April 30, 2017

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This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, March 6, 2015 3:43 PM



Being active has so many positive benefits. Not only does it help the heart, lungs and muscles, regular physical activity gives you more energy, helps to control stress and makes you "feel good" about yourself.


If you are planning to become pregnant, physical activity plays an important role.


Regular physical activity will:

  • Strengthen the back, knees and hips for labour and delivery
  • Help prevent back pain
  • Improve circulation and decrease swelling of the ankles during pregnancy
  • Help prevent muscle cramping in the legs
  • Help prevent incidence of varicose veins and hemorrhoids
  • Prevent excessive gain of body fat
  • Improve your balance and co-ordination
  • Help you cope with stress
  • Give more stamina for birth and for parenting
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Improve digestion and reduce constipation
  • Help you accept changes in your body size and shape
  • Help prevent pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
  • Make you feel better and have more energy
  • Reduce recovery time after your baby is born

Even if you haven’t been physically active in the past, now is a good time to start. Always speak to your doctor before starting any physical activity program, especially if you are pregnant.

In order to ensure long-term success, start slowly and gradually increase your physical activity level over time. The type and amount of exercise you do will determine whether if it is safe to continue during pregnancy. Consult your doctor about the safety of your program as soon as you find out you are pregnant.