The fact is exercise can actually help fight fatigue, ensure a better night’s sleep, and ease uncomfortable symptoms like constipation, making for a better overall experience for you and your bun in the oven.
Don’t know where to start? Take some advice from other mamas who discovered totally doable pregnancy fitness routines that worked well for them.
"Midnight yoga (courtesy of YouTube) was my go-to pregnancy workout. I also walked everywhere I went, most of the time while carrying my toddler in my arms. When I was too sore to walk I would stick to swimming. I also always made sure to eat breakfast on time to set a mood for the rest of the day."
"I would walk until it got to the point that my hips hurt too badly to move any further. My son was 10.2 pounds and was clearly too heavy for me!"
"I ran a half marathon while unknowingly six months pregnant. I continued to run until about eight-and-a-half months and then walked two miles every day after that."
"We have three flights of stairs in my house, and I ran up and down them constantly while chasing my three-year-old."
"For me, the key was never to lose sight of my passion. I am 23 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby, and I still dance for a few minutes every day. I also never miss my doctor visits!"
Yoga really helped me relieve stress because it doesn't push you hard, and it's relaxing."
"I work in housekeeping so just showing up for work every day kept me in tip-top shape! Plus, my diet was super healthy, too."
"Having a little intimate time with my man really kept me in shape. Thank God for sex!"
"I kept a close watch on how much weight I was gaining whenever I went in for prenatal checkups. If my belly wasn't growing as much as my weight was increasing, I knew I had to be more active."
"I'm a very active person so during the first five months of pregnancy I would run as often as possible. After five months I started walking until the last month or two when I didn't move from the couch!"
"While I was pregnant I rode my bike and ran. I think staying fit definitely helped me with a very fast labor and delivery — with no epidural!"