BookmarkBookmarkTick

Don’t Tone Down Your Workout When Pregnant, Says Study

ByMadeline Schmitz
Updated
March 2, 2017
Hero Image
Image: Shutterstock/The Bump

Whether you’re an avid runner or a passionate yogi, you shouldn’t tone down your workout just because you’re pregnant. A new report, which was compiled by researchers at the University of South Carolina, took note of how often women exercised before and during pregnancy and their preferred way to sweat it out before comparing the data to how much weight each mama gained during her pregnancy.

So, here’s the deal: 46 percent of women exceeded the recommended amount of gestational weight gain based on their pre-baby BMIs. 31.9 percent of women reported working out at least three times per week while pregnant, and these were the women who avoided gaining too much gestational weight. 32.7 percent of the active mamas met the recommended amount of weight gain, and had a way lower chance of packing on “excessive” pounds. The women who kept up their pre-pregnancy exercise routines and maintained a healthy body weight during their pregnancy had a higher chance of delivering healthy babies! 

Working out during your pregnancy is a definite “yes” in our book. Maybe you’re “eating for two,” but you’re also working out for two — so go pump some iron! Just make sure to avoid contact sports, or any activity where you could get hit with a ball (like soccer or softball). Also, scuba diving is a big no-no during pregnancy, as it puts baby at risk for decompression sickness or even death. If you were already a runner before getting pregnant, or have been doing yoga since before it was even a craze, then keep doing what your body is used to doing.

The study concluded that, basically, you don’t need to tame down your workouts while pregnant. Don’t be afraid to keep your gym sessions frequent and just as intense as they’ve always been (unless you play contact football. That one you may want to sit out of for a while).

What’s your favorite way to work out while pregnant? 

Related Video
Pregnant woman breathing deeply, part of Nike's motherhood campaign.

New Empowering Nike Ad Features Pregnant and Breastfeeding Athletes

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/15/2021
katrina scott from tone it up shows how to do exercises broken down by trimester

Awesome Pregnancy Workouts for Every Trimester

profile picture of Katrina Scott
Katrina Scott
Co-founder of Tone It Up
pregnant woman in fitness clothes

Your Guide to Safe Pregnancy Ab Workouts

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Aaptiv Editor
pregnant woman sitting on exercise ball

The 3 Most Important Third Trimester Exercises

profile picture of Micky Marie Morrison, PT, ICPFE
Micky Marie Morrison, PT, ICPFE
Contributing Writer
woman walking for exercise and checking her fitness tracker

Even Moderate Exercise Could Increase Benefits of Breast Milk for Babies

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
07/01/2020
pregnant woman sitting down and lifting weights at home

ACOG Updates Its Exercise Guidelines to Include Pregnant Athletes

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
03/27/2020
pregnant woman exercising and walking with yoga mat

Exercise During Pregnancy May Boost Newborns’ Physical Coordination

profile picture of Laurie Ulster
Laurie Ulster
Contributing Writer
Published
09/04/2019
Article removed.