Exercise During Pregnancy
It is essential to exercise during and after pregnancy to relax the body and the mind. Staying active during pregnancy will help keep your body stronger and more flexible.
You are likely to experience fewer problems with your joints, tendons, intestines, stomach and circulation. An additional advantage of exercise is it can prevent constipation, which is a common symptom experienced during pregnancy.
Some of the benefits of exercising regularly throughout your pregnancy include
- More energy
- Stronger back muscles which can help manage back pain and strain as your belly grows
- Improved posture
- Weight control
- Stress relief
- Improved sleep and management of insomnia
- Preparation for the physical demands of labour
- Faster recuperation after labour
- Faster return to pre-pregnancy fitness and healthy weight
- Increased ability to cope with the physical demands of motherhood
Suggestions for exercise during pregnancy include walking, swimming and supervised classes such as yoga or Tai chi. Pelvic floor exercises are also important before, during and after pregnancy.
Provided you are well and your pregnancy is normal, you can continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy. Note that there are no set rules about exercising during your pregnancy, but simple common sense is advised. If you start to feel unwell, dizzy or experience pain whilst exercising – you should stop immediately.
It is strongly advisable to consult your doctor or your fitness consultant before you start any exercise or yoga during or after pregnancy