Home > Parenting > Pregnancy Updated 09 May 2013 Mom-to-be? Get moving! Pregnant women often wonder up until what stage of pregnancy exercise is safe. 0 iStock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » How a woman's body changes during pregnancy Foetal development Pregnant women often wonder up until what stage of pregnancy exercise is safe. Although exercise might be risky in some cases, the benefits of exercising during pregnancy generally far outweigh the risks, and many women can exercise up until the third trimester.Take action: Consult your doctor before beginning an exercise programme – every pregnancy is different and only your doctor knows your current medical condition; if you get too exhausted or overheated, you should stop exercising; do not skimp on your diet if you exercise during pregnancy, but keep in mind that a normal pregnancy only requires 1 300 extra kilojoules per day; choose low-impact aerobic activities like swimming, cycling or walking; avoid exercises that could result in a loss of balance and result in a fall, or exercises where something could hit your stomach; and drink enough water before, during and after exercising.Visit our Fitness Zone for more info. More in Parenting 10 most popular baby stories More: ParentingPregnancy advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Win a Skin Renewal voucher valued at R2 000 Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.