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Certain activities, such as skiing and horseback riding, should be avoided during pregnancy. But the following are a few exercise options for pregnant women, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association.
Swimming: Swimming is a great exercise for anyone, but especially for pregnant women, who often find their joints ache as their pregnancy progresses. Swimming makes you essentially weightless, helping reduce stress on your joints while providing beneficial cardiovascular exercise and helping your body's muscles stay toned.
Running: Runners can continue running during a pregnancy. However, pregnant women who plan to keep running must remain hydrated and avoid overheating. Women who were not runners prior to pregnancy should avoid this activity, as they can be at risk of injury.
Kegel exercises: Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and can make birth easier for women because strenghtening these muscles can help women control them during labor and delivery. The American Pregnancy Association also notes that Kegel exercises, in the process of toning the pelvic muscles, reduce the likelihood of developing bladder leaks and