What are the benefits of exercising while I’m pregnant?

Being active during pregnancy can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, stress, and operative or assisted deliveries and shorten labor time. Regular exercise also can help you maintain a normal, healthy birth weight and reduce the chance you’ll need an unscheduled C-section.
It’s just as important to continue exercising after giving birth. You may find that the “baby weight” you gained during pregnancy is stubbornly hanging around. Excess weight carries a whole host of adverse health risks, so keep moving. Even walking for 45 minutes 3 or 4 times a week at low to moderate intensity can reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve your mood. As with resuming any exercise program, resuming activity after giving birth should be a gradual process (after you consult your healthcare provider).