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Move more and sit less! You should be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

Regular physical activity before pregnancy can make it easier to stay active during pregnancy. It increases the odds that your baby will be a healthy weight at birth. But try not to go overboard. Too much exercise can make it harder to get pregnant. Walking and using the stairs instead of the elevator are a healthy start.

Choose a variety of exercises that you enjoy, this way, if you don’t go for a walk because it is pouring rain, for example, you can still go to an aerobic class. If you are already accustomed to doing several activities, then you will be more likely to keep on doing one or all of the baby-friendly ones once you are pregnant.

During pregnancy your center of gravity shifts, which can cause a strain on other parts of your body. If you strengthen your abdominal and back muscles now, you will be less likely to have back pain later. Having a strong core gives you better balance and posture, both of which are crucial when you’re pregnant.

 
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Updated Sep 22, 2017