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Health Before

Pregnancy

Last Reviewed: April 2017

Physical Preparation

Physical Activity

Key Info

  • Adults should get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.
  • Regular physical activity benefits your body before and after you get pregnant.
  • Choose low impact physical activities that you enjoy.
  • Over-exercising can affect your ability to conceive.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends that adults get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day to improve health or stay healthy. Moderate physical activity means you can carry on a conversation while exercising (you get warm, mildly out of breath, and slightly sweaty).

Being physically active before becoming pregnant means you’re likely to stay active once you’re expecting. By getting and staying active, you’ll be a great role model for your baby-to-be!

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Getting into a regular physical activity routine before trying to conceive can:

  • Strengthen your heart, body and bones
  • Reduce stress
  • Decrease the amount of aches and pains you might feel once you are pregnant
  • Make labour and delivery easier
  • Decrease chances of premature labour
  • Increase your chances of having a baby with a healthy birth weight

For more information:
Region of Peel — Public Health
905-799-7700 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216

To speak with a Public Health Nurse


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Revised: Friday June 23 2017

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