Lambton Public Health

Physical Activity and Pregnancy

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:

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.