Does exercise during pregnancy decrease high blood pressure?

Does exercise during pregnancy decrease maternal risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy?  Yes, and here is how to do it. 

If you are already an exerciser, continue!… although modifications may be needed.   If you are new to exercising, initiate an exercise regimen early in pregnancy. 

Aerobic exercise performed for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times per week decreases maternal risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy (including gestational hypertension and preeclampsia). The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended in their 2020 updated committee opinion that “physical activity and exercise in pregnancy are associated with minimal risks and have been shown to benefit most women, although some modification to exercise routines may be necessary because of normal anatomic and physiologic changes and fetal requirements.”

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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