Exercising during pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy is important in order to maintain your fitness and wellbeing, but it is important to do so in a safe environment and to stick to low-impact, non-contact movements.

Some of the best options for pregnant women are yoga, swimming, walking and gentle aerobics.

Before you commence an exercise program while pregnant, it is a good idea to chat to your midwife or doctor first.

Another good approach is to include pelvic floor and core strengthening exercises into your daily routine. As your body changes during pregnancy, you will put certain areas of your body – particularly your lower back and pelvis – under duress. With certain exercises you can strengthen these areas and alleviate discomfort.

The types of strengthening exercises that are suitable for you will vary on the stage of pregnancy you are at. For this reason it is a good idea to organise a plan with a physiotherapist at the start of your pregnancy.

You may also find it beneficial to attend an exercise class at a local gym or studio. These are great because you get the chance to be social while working on maintaining strength and improving your physique. Again, make sure you consult with your doctor before attending classes.

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