Should you exercise during pregnancy?
Twenty years ago, doctors would have told pregnant women to rest as much as possible, for fear of affecting fetal growth, triggering early contractions or causing miscarriage.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), however, now explicitly states that physical activity has “minimal risks” and benefits most women.
The ACOG’s latest guidelines, from late 2015, which are seen as a benchmark worldwide, state that concerns about premature delivery, miscarriage or stunted fetal growth as a result of exercise have “not been substantiated.”
In fact, according to the ACOG, women should be “encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during and after pregnancy.”