Actually, I will clarify that I know that exercising during pregnancy is safe and most doctors will normally advice some exercise. My question is more, as a person who does not normally exercise at all, would it be safe for me to start walking more and maybe doing light weights for my arms while I’m pregnant (I am not yet)?
The reason why I think this may be a good thing is that I want to cut down the chances of developing gestational diabetes or pregnancy-related hypertension. I also may get me into better shape so that I can lose post-pregnancy weight faster.
I know you are not doctors but maybe someone here has previously questioned your doctor on this.
If you start before you become pregnant, it’s better. But yeah, light, low-stress exercise is very much recommended. It helps with your own health, and (big bonus) helps make the actual labor easier.
You just sometimes have to take it down a bit. For example I’ve been doing physical therapy for my back, and my physical therapist just gave me a gentler, easier, set of exercises for while I’m pregnant. If you’re wondering about any specific exercise, just be sure to talk to your doctor.