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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF EXERCISING, ARE EXERCISING, OR HAVE EXERCISED DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is exercise?

Exercise is activity that requires physical effort and that is performed usually for recreation or to improve fitness and health. Exercise has potential harms and benefits during pregnancy. In particular, it has been proposed that exercise may help to prevent certain pregnancy complications, such as peripartum depression, gestational diabetes, and a condition called preeclampsia. Research has not yet demonstrated the benefits of exercise consistently during pregnancy, but the case for a benefit is much stronger if the exercise is begun prior to pregnancy. In other words, being fit as part of an ongoing process that has already included exercise will help you when you do become pregnant.


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