Exercising During Pregnancy

I’m sure that many of you exercised on a regular basis before your pregnancy. So there is no reason for you not to continue with this. Regular exercise will keep you fit, helping your body cope with the physical demands of growing a baby. It's safe and healthy to exercise throughout the duration of your pregnancy.

The benefits of exercise in pregnancy

It’s not surprising that pregnancy can leave you feeling tired and fatigued. Exercise can help relieve you from some of the pain or backache that you may be experiencing.

 

In addition, exercise can help prepare you for childbirth, by providing you with the stamina and strength for delivery. It may also help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

 

The benefits are not only physical. When you exercise your brain releases endorphins which positively enhance your mood. You may also find you sleep better.

What exercise can you do while pregnant?

Exercises that you can take part in include:

  • aerobic exercise

  • swimming

  • brisk walking

  • cycling

  • yoga and pilates

Heavy exercises, which are draining, are not great to do, especially as your pregnancy proceeds. 

Know When To Stop

Your body is not in the same state as it was before you fell pregnant and it needs support. This means you cannot push yourself the way you used to. It is important to listen to your body during this time.

 

If you find yourself incredibly fatigued, more than you would have thought, stop. If you find yourself feeling dizzy, stop. If there is immense pain in your back or pelvis, stop. If you find yourself out of breath often, stop.

 

Your body is sending you these messages for a reason. Ultimately it’s all about keeping the baby and you happy and healthy.

 

If you have asthma, diabetes or heart disease, it is advised that you do not exercise while you are pregnant.