New recommendations on exercise during pregnancy

May 23, 2011 2:34:30 PM PDT
It's been almost a decade since the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists first issued guidelines. Here's the latest suggested for women with no medical complications:

For muscle strengthening, use light weights and more repetitions.

Resistance bands might be a safer choice compared to free weights.

Don't lift weights while flat on your back.. It can inhibit blood circulation.

For aerobics, the recommendations are either walking for about 11 hours a week, or swimming or riding a stationary bike for about five hours a week.

And listen to your body. If you feel any kind of strain o fatigue modify the moves and reduce the frequency of your workouts.