Pregnant woman exercising
A 30-year-old pregnant woman exercising during a prenatal course at a maternity hospital in Tbilisi, October 31, 2011. [Representational image]Reuters

Exercise during pregnancy is packed with health benefits. However, pregnant women need to remain motivated and focused to continue exercising with the correct guidance depending on the trimester.

Here are some exercises recommended for pregnant women which help in making the process of labour pain more comforting. These exercises help in toning the abdominal muscles of the body and lowering body aches during pregnancy.


Yoga aids in strengthening you from within, boosts body's flexibility to a great level and also improves breathing. It also helps to remain calm, but vigorous yoga should be avoided during the later stage of pregnancy. Exercises which include actions like tugging the belly, lying on the back, shoulder stands, headstands, etc should be strictly avoided.


Back ache is a common problem pregnant women suffer from. Pilates aids in curbing this issue and also helps in toning the abdominal muscles which will make the labour pain process comparatively easier to bear. The mat classes which take place in the first trimester usually comprises of workouts done while lying on the back, hence its likely to be problematic.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is recommended for pregnant women. It is one of the most loved exercises for women in their third-trimester. Water aerobics aids in benefiting the joints and cardiovascular stamina. It also increases blood circulation in the body and enhances flexibility.

Women need to choose which machine to workout on during pregnancy very carefully. There are not many options to choose from, but the recommended machines for them for cardio are:

  • Treadmill Walking
  • Stationary bike
  • Elliptical

Working out during pregnancy has the following health benefits:

  • Minimises body aches
  • Curbs constipation
  • Depletes the risk of gestational diabetes
  • Lowers depression
  • Induces labour naturally
  • Provides better sleep