10 tips for exercising safely during pregnancy iVillage Team March 19, 2012 Regular exercise is not just good for your baby, but will lift your mood and help prepare your body for labour and birth. Here’s what you need to know. By Lynne Roberts prex1Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?So long as you have a healthy pregnancy with no complications it’s perfectly safe to exercise, even if you don’t normal prex2What are the benefits?If you’re suffering from pregnancy sickness or insomnia, keeping fit may be the last thing on your mind. prex3Which exercise is best?The best pregnancy exercise is anything which gets your heart going and improves strength and flexibility without leaving you gasping for breath or From our partner prex4What if I’ve never exercised before?If your idea of a workout involves watching the wrestling from your sofa it’s probably not the time to start marathon train prex5Pelvic floor exercisesYour pelvic floor is a layer of muscle which supports the uterus and helps you maintain bowel and bladder control. It’s put under immense prex6How far can I go?If you exercised regularly before there’s no reason why you can’t carry on as normal, although working out too often or too hard could increas prex7When to stopWhatever your level of fitness, the most important thing to learn about pregnancy exercise is knowing when to stop. From our partner prex8What precautions to takeBefore you hurl yourself into a new routine it’s worth taking a few steps to stay safe. Always take time to warm up properly and cool d prex9What to avoidWhile moderate exercise will help keep you and your little one in good shape, there are some activities it’s best to avoid. prex10When (in pregnancy) should I stop?Providing you have no health issues there’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue to exercise up until the third trimester.&nb 1 / 10 Previous Next FROM OUR NETWORK JOIN THE CONVERSATION What's Popular 1Why everyone is so obsessed with Iceland's World Cup team. 2News in 5: Girl dies in car park crash; Eurydice Dixon's tragic past; Dreamworld inquest. 3The strongest bond in the Love Island villa might be about to crack. 4The Voice Australia just made history with its controversial winner. 5Father of murdered Margaret River family shares new insights into the months before the tragedy. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?