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Safely Active: Navigating Pregnant Workouts – Gym, Prenatal Yoga, and Cross Trainer Safety

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Is it okay to go to the gym while pregnant?

If you go to the gym while you are pregnant, it is a good way to stay active and healthy. But you must do every exercise with caution and under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

  • If you have a healthy pregnancy and were already active before getting pregnant, continuing your gym routine with modifications is usually safe. Listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard.
  • If you weren’t active before pregnancy, start slowly and gradually increase your activity level. Walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga are all good choices.
  • Avoid exercises that involve contact, bouncing, or jarring movements, such as contact sports, horseback riding, and high-impact aerobics.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes.
  • Be aware of warning signs that you should stop exercising, such as dizziness, shortness of breath, vaginal bleeding, or regular contractions.
  • Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about exercising while pregnant.

What exercises are not ok when pregnant?

Here are a few exercises that are not ok for pregnant women:


  • Horseback riding
  • Crunches or plank
  • Scuba diving or skydiving
  • Advanced abdominal moves
  • Contact sports
  • Heavy lifting
  • Holding your breath
  • Hot Yoga
  • Boxing or basketball
  • Bouncing while stretching
  • Activities where failing is more likely
  • Downhill skiing and rollerblading


Is prenatal yoga a workout?

Yes, prenatal yoga is a workout! It’s a form of yoga specifically designed for pregnant women, which incorporates modified poses and exercises that are effective throughout all stages of pregnancy. While it may not be as intense as a high-impact workout, prenatal yoga still offers numerous physical benefits, which include:

Prenatal yoga poses target major muscle groups, which build strength and maintain flexibility. It is good for supporting your growing baby and preparing for labor.

Gentle movements and focused breathing improve your heart rate and circulation, which keep you feeling energized and healthy.

  • Prenatal yoga relieves common pregnancy discomforts like back pain, sciatica, and leg cramps.

The relaxation techniques and stress-reducing practices of yoga promote better sleep quality, which is essential for both you and your baby.

Some prenatal yoga poses to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and practice breathing techniques, which are beneficial during labor and delivery.

Is cross trainer safe when pregnant?

The cross trainer, or an elliptical trainer, is considered safe for pregnant women to use with a few precautions. Here’s why:

  • Low Impact: Unlike activities like running or jumping, the elliptical minimizes stress on your joints and ligaments, which are already under strain during pregnancy.
  • Adjustable Intensity: You can control the resistance and incline levels to modify your workout to your fitness level and changing needs throughout your pregnancy.
  • Reduced Risk Of Falls: The stable platform and handlebars provide support and balance, which minimizes the risk of falls compared to activities like outdoor running.

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