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Wouldn’t You Like to Know: Pregnancy and Exercise

Bushman, Barbara Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: May/June 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 4–6
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000414744.03074.f8
DEPARTMENTS: Wouldn’t You Like to Know?

I just found out I’m pregnant and I am questioning if I should approach my exercise routine differently now. I’m not competitive but enjoy doing various aerobic activities along with some resistance training on a regular basis. Can I still be active or will I hurt my baby if I continue to exercise?

Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Missouri State University. She holds four ACSM certifications: Program Director, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Health Fitness Specialist, and Personal Trainer. Dr. Bushman has authored papers related to menopause, factors influencing exercise participation, and deep water run training; she authored ACSM’s Action Plan for Menopause (Human Kinetics, 2005), edited ACSM’s Complete Guide to Fitness & Health (Human Kinetics, 2011) and promotes health/fitness at

Disclosure: The author declares no conflict of interest and does not have any financial disclosures.

© 2012 American College of Sports Medicine.