Try to be active for at least 150 minutes every week.
Whichever activities you choose, you are more likely to stick with them if you do things you enjoy.
Remember to exercise safely and stop if something doesn’t feel right.
1. Walk when you can
Walking is an easy and safe way to exercise during pregnancy. You do not need any equipment other than a pair of comfortable shoes and you can slow down as your bump gets bigger.
There are lots of ways to fit walking into your day. You could walk instead of getting the bus or get off a few stops early. If you have other children, you could walk them to school or nursery. Or you could go for regular walks with a friend.
2. Get out and about during your lunch break
Start with a short stroll and build up to a longer brisk walk. A break from the workplace will also help boost your mood.
3. Climb the stairs instead of getting the lift
Climbing the stairs is a great activity for strengthening your muscles and improving your balance. If you are on a high floor, try getting out of the lift a few floors early instead.
4. Exercise your arms with everyday activities
Lifting shopping bags or older children will help strengthen your arm muscles. Avoid lifting anything that is too heavy or causes you to strain. Try to spread the weight between both arms. Remember to bend at the knees, hold your tummy muscles in and keep your back straight.
5. Put lots of energy into housework
Make housework less of a chore by listening to some music and viewing it as part of your activity programme. Hopefully, it will make it seem more enjoyable.
6. Do some gardening
If you have a garden, cutting the grass, weeding, and planting are all good ways of getting some exercise with the added boost of vitamin D from the sunshine. Always wear gloves when you are gardening to protect against a rare infection called toxoplasmosis.
7. Have a dance to your favourite music
For a fun and low-impact way to exercise, why not try dancing? You can dance anywhere, alone, with other children if you have them or with friends or family.
8. Take up some easy organised exercise
If you join a class, always tell the instructor that you are pregnant before you start. They may need to change some movements in the routine to suit you.
Find out more about the types of exercise you can do in pregnancy.
9. Exercise at home
If you prefer to exercise at home, look out for online videos or DVDs. The Active Pregnancy Foundation has online pregnancy exercise videos.
Or try our quick and easy pregnancy workout.
10. Don’t forget your pelvic floor
Your pelvic floor muscles support your womb, bowel and bladder. Being pregnant can put pressure on these muscles and you may find you leak urine when you cough or sneeze.
Doing pelvic floor exercises will tone and strengthen these muscles, helping to prevent leaks as well as helping you during and after the birth.