By Erin Heger, OCT 7, 2020

If you were a runner before you got pregnant, you can continue to run safely during pregnancy, says Kecia Gaither, MD, OB-GYN, the director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. But if you aren’t accustomed to running, you shouldn’t start during pregnancy. That’s because running is a high-intensity exercise and could put more stress on the body if it’s not something you’re used to. Additionally, exercising at a level you’re not accustomed to while pregnant could make you feel winded or dizzy. That’s because low blood pressure and a higher rate are normal physiological changes caused by pregnancy.

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