Pregnancy comes with a lot of lifestyle changes that you might not have been expecting — you have to eat the right foods for your baby, adjust to a changing body, and prepare your home and life for motherhood. You may also think that these nine months of pregnancy mean you have to give up your exercise routine, too. But it’s actually good for you and your child to exercise during pregnancy, even if you have to modify some of your favorite moves.
Before you start any exercise routine, make sure to always take a few minutes to properly warm-up, and once you’re finished, always cool down and stretch. If at any point in your routine you feel nauseous, dehydrated, or overheated, then stop your current exercise and lower the intensity. Now, it’s time to get up off of the couch and get moving with these seven exercises you can do during your pregnancy.
1. Lateral leg raise
This exercise from Fit Pregnancy is one you can do during any stage of your pregnancy — and you don’t even have to stand up. To start, lie on your right side, supporting your head with your forearm and placing an optional pillow under your hip. Bend your right leg at a 45-degree angle and keep your left leg straight. Lift your left leg up to about hip height and lower the leg. Repeat for as many reps as you’d like, and then switch sides to work the opposite leg. For more stability, you can place your free arm on the ground to help support your body during this move.