How much exercise is recommended will depend on how active you were before you got pregnant and whether you have any health issues.
There are some pointers here on how to exercise safely for you and your baby.
Physical activity for a healthy pregnancy
When it comes to being active during pregnancy, the more you do, the better.
If you are used to being active or very active, it’s safe to continue as long as it feels comfortable for you to do so. LIsten to your body and slow down or switch to a different form of exercise if you begin to feel uncomfortable.
Aim to be active for at least 150 minutes every week. You could break this down to 20-30 minutes a day or you might want to do a few longer sessions each week.
Do not worry if you cannot do this much to begin with. Any activity will benefit you and your baby. If you are new to exercise, start off gently and gradually build up the amount you do.
Try to do activities that make you feel warm and breathe faster. You should still be able to have a conversation without getting out of breath and you should not feel faint or overheated.
Read more about the benefits of being active, whether you are new to exercise or were active before pregnancy.
We also have information on staying safe when you’re exercising.
What exercise can I do in each trimester of pregnancy?
You can start exercising at any time during your pregnancy. If you are not used to exercising, you could start doing 10 minutes at a time and gradually build up to 30 or 40 minutes.
Avoid contact sports, such as boxing, rugby or football, and sports where you could fall, such as horse riding or climbing. If you enjoy cycling but are feeling more unbalanced because of your bump, try a static exercise bike instead if you have access to one.
Look for pregnancy exercise classes at your local leisure centre, gym, local shop noticeboards or online.. Your midwife might also be able to give you information on these.