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Physical activity, pregnancy and postpartum

As long as you are healthy and not experiencing complications, there are many health benefits associated with being physically active during pregnancy and the postpartum period. If you are active before becoming pregnant, it is recommended to continue being active; if you have been previously inactive, it is a great time to gradually start adding activity into your routine.

Before beginning a new physical activity, or if you have any questions or concerns, speak with your health care provider and/or physiotherapist.

Your physiotherapist can provide you with strategies related to maintaining safe physical activity throughout pregnancy, managing activity related hip/back pain during and after pregnancy, maintaining pelvic floor health, and more. Whether you are planning to get pregnant, are currently expecting, or have recently given birth, your physiotherapist can support you in reaching your physical activity and wellness goals. For more information, contact a rehabilitation therapist.

Northern Health resources

Physical activity guidelines


Self-assessment tool