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Simple Exercise Routines for Pregnant Professionals


There are simple exercise routines that you can incorporate into your work schedule. Remaining healthy during your pregnancy will help to make your labor and recovery period much easier, barring other complications. Exercising will also help your baby remain healthy. Here are some exercises that pregnant professionals can perform safely:


One of the best ways to work out when you're pregnant is walking. It's even better if you can walk outside because of the benefits of breathing fresh air. Walking can be incorporated throughout the work day, and you can walk to the store or run other errands that are close by.

You'll want to buy appropriate walking shoes at your favorite shoe store. Then you can take a walk around the block, on your gym's track or on a treadmill. If you're walking on a treadmill, keep a moderate speed so you that you don't overdo it. Keep your arms moving at the same time, but make sure that you are comfortable. If you at anytime start feeling a shortness of breath, you need to stop walking and rest a bit. Drink water before and after you walk, and carry a water bottle with you just in case you need more. 


A simple exercise routine that expecting mothers can benefit from is stretching in the mornings and evenings. This will help to relax you as well as stretch and tone your muscles. It will also keep you flexible, which will come in handy when you're giving birth. Floor stretches are great for pregnant moms, because they'll keep you more comfortable while you stretch. However, standing exercises work just as well and are easier to do in the first and second trimesters. You should stretch your thighs, hips, chest and shoulders, especially after workouts.


Low-impact aerobics can be a fun way for pregnant professionals to burn extra "baby fat". All pregnant moms must gain weight during the course of a pregnancy, but without a healthy diet and exercise, you could gain more weight than you need. Simple exercise routines will help you guard against unnecessary weight.

There are many exercise videos on the market geared towards expecting mothers that make working out convenient, such as the Denise Austin Pregnancy Plus Workout. You can work out for 30 minutes a day, four or five times a week, and feel great. You also won't have to worry about driving to and from a class, which could be difficult to fit in your schedule.

Weight Training

Some expecting mothers are concerned about using weights to exercise. You can use them if you're cautious and use the proper equipment. You should avoid using heavy free weights. You may have been able to lift heavier weights before you became pregnant, but now you risk injury if you use those same weights. You should use lighter weights and increase the repetitions. If you're still going to a gym, weight machines are a good option. Again, you need to go lighter than usual to avoid injury to you or the baby.

Incorporating these simple exercise routines will help you to feel and look great during the course of your pregnancy. You'll also have more strength and flexibility to handle the birthing process.


Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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