Physical Activity Before Baby is Born

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It is important for women and men to be  healthy before becoming pregnant. This will increase their chance of becoming pregnant and increase the chance for a  healthy baby.

Being active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle before, during and after pregnancy.

Women who exercise regularly before becoming pregnant may continue to do so during her pregnancy, unless a health care provider has told her not to exercise. It is not only healthy for her, but also for her unborn baby.

If a woman is not regularly active before becoming pregnant, she should talk with her doctor, nurse practitioner or midwife before starting an exercise program.

For most women, walking at any stage of pregnancy is encouraged and healthy.

Being active with a partner or friend makes active living more fun and makes it more likely to be continued.

See also:

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health, Child & Family Health - Before Baby is Born: Healthy Pregnancy