pregnant women sitting on exercise mats and doing yoga

Exercise is something we all need, and that includes pregnant women. But how much and what kind of exercise is safe for moms-to-be?

Like most adults, pregnant women should get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, or 30 minutes per day, five days a week.  You can do those 30 minutes in smaller segments, like 10 minutes at a time. Or, if you haven’t exercised regularly before, start with 10 minutes a day and work up to 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Walking at a moderate pace can be a great way to meet the recommended guidelines for exercise. Gym activities like a workout on an elliptical machine or water exercise in a pool are safe exercises for pregnant women. Pilates and yoga can also be beneficial, but avoid hot yoga or hot Pilates classes so you always stay cool and hydrated.

Pregnant woman eating a salad in bed

You're pregnant and thinking about how it will affect your weight. Most women will gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight mothers-to-be may need to gain more, while overweight and obese pregnant women may only need to gain 10 to 20 pounds.

Postpartum Depression

Maybe you’ve heard that taking antibiotics can mess with your birth control. That’s wrong, because (with one very special exception) antibiotics have no effect on the most common forms of birth control.

Postpartum DepressionThose first days after your new baby comes home can be hard. You’re feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for a new life. Many women are anxious and find themselves crying more or experiencing mood swings for a week or so. It’s called the “baby blues” but what if it doesn’t stop?

Steps You Can Take Now To Prevent OsteoporosisImagine a concert at a 13,000-seat arena filled with women. That’s how many cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in America. And the 4,000 women with floor seats? Cervical cancer will kill them.

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