How much physical activity should you do if you’re pregnant?

By emily.blumkin
February 7, 2019


According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, most adults should be engaging in physical activity for a wide variety of health benefits. While women who are pregnant need to modify their physical activity, it is still important for them to get moving too!

The latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published in 2008 recommend: 

  • “Women should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Ideally, this aerobic activity should be divided across the week.
  • ƒ Women who habitually engaged in vigorous-intensity aerobic activity or who were physically active before pregnancy can continue these activities during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
  • Women who are pregnant should be under the care of a health care provider who can monitor the progress of the pregnancy.
  • Women who are pregnant can consult their health care provider about whether or how to adjust their physical activity during pregnancy and after the baby is born.”

Before participating in physical activity or exercise during your pregnancy, we urge you to confirm with your Garden OB/GYN Provider that the Activity is safe for both you and your developing baby.