Healthy Lifestyle Habits and Exercise During Pregnancy
Healthy Lifestyle HabitsYour lifestyle habits, as well as your partner's, can affect the health of your baby. If you're already taking good care of yourself, keep it up. If not, start thinking about making behavior changes that are good for you and your baby.
When you're pregnant, you need to:
Physical Activity and ExerciseIt's important to stay active during pregnancy. You'll feel better and have more energy. And physical activity can help maintain your muscle tone and strength for labor and birth.
There are many types of physical activity and exercise, ranging from mild stretching to aerobic exercise. If you are already involved in daily physical activities, you don't need to stop. If not, now is a good time to start doing something on a regular basis. Daily activities like walking up stairs, cleaning the house, and gardening are also good ways to keep active. Consult your health care provider about whether an activity is right for you.
Play it safe:
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