Health Tip: Exercise OK During Pregnancy

But get your doctor's approval first

(HealthDayNews) -- So you're going to be a mom. While you're thinking about what life has in store, getting some exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But exercise can help make your pregnancy easier, the American Council on Exercise says.

A proper exercise program may help relieve some of the common pitfalls of pregnancy, such as excessive weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, leg cramps, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue and constipation. Pregnant women can participate in low-impact aerobic activity three times per week, or as often as every other day, if their doctor approves. But don't push it; if you're feeling exhausted, don't try to exercise.

Walking is one of the best aerobic activities, as long as your doctor approves. Just remember to stretch before and after your session.

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