- Walking is an excellent exercise because it strengthens some of the muscles you will use in labor.
- Stop exercising if you feel tired.
- Do things with your friends and family – swim, dance, go on a picnic and participate in light sports that pose no danger of falling or being bumped.
- If you are thinking of trying a new sport or exercise, talk it over with your provider.
- Avoid repetitive lifting of heavy objects while you are pregnant.
- Stretching will not harm you or your baby, but do not reach for things from a chair or ladder because you might lose your balance and fall.
- You may want to substitute walking for more active sports during the latter part of your pregnancy, because your balance will be affected by your increasing size.
- Choose prenatal exercises designed to strengthen muscles used in labor and delivery.