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Is it safe to work out during pregnancy?

It is safe to exercise when pregnant. Some activities should be avoided, such as heavy lifting, but other activities may be substituted. Pilates, yoga, and some cardiovascular work are beneficial for pregnant women. Exercising while pregnant could lead to decreased weight gain, better sleep, and feeling better in general. If you are pregnant, check with a doctor before starting any workout plan.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.