Updated: Apr 16, 2022
Can I exercise in pregnancy?
A question that we commonly hear... Exercise in Pregnancy, can I be exercising?
The importance of exercise in pregnancy could be looked at the same way as having a shower and brushing your teeth. Without doing these things we see a negative impact on our health and body… If we start doing these things, then they have a positive influence on our health and wellbeing in more ways than one… who wants smelly breath and arm pits anyway!
The more you move, exercise, and stay active during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. More importantly exercise in pregnancy will allow you to cope with the demands of labour… 9 months of sitting on the sofa before running a marathon was no good for anyone… So think of labour this way, a 9 month journey to prepare your body for the physical challenge that is ahead.
It is fine to keep up your normal daily exercise regime or activity (running, weight training, yoga, dancing sports as long as it’s non-contact and doesn’t have a risk of falling and walking to name a few) for as long as you feel comfortable.
Exercise in Pregnancy is not dangerous for your baby…in fact there is evidence suggesting that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour… HIGH FIVE to that knowledge bomb!