If you are pregnant and want to start exercising the
advice of your care provider/doctor or midwife should be your first
consideration before participating in regular exercise
If you are returning to exercise after giving birth
the general guideline is that you should delay your programme until
six weeks after delivery (10 weeks if you have had a C-section
following the all clear from your GP), and then start on a
Guidelines and precautions:
- Exercise is really important for a healthy mother
- If you have already been exercising, continue to do
whatever you have been doing, reducing intensity when you, and your
doctor, think you should
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear comfortable, cool clothing
- Avoid exercises which require you to lie on your
- STOP exercising and immediately consult your doctor
if you experience dizziness, vaginal bleeding, continued shortness
of breath, sudden water discharge, signs of labour, headaches,
decreased foetal movement, chest pain, calf pain or swelling
Research has found that an appropriate regular
exercise regime will not only help expectant mums throughout
pregnancy but also with birth and with postnatal recovery.
Exercising mums to be are likely to:
- Feel less tired
- Have a healthier weight gain
- Reduce bloating and swelling
- Reduce back pain
- Decreased labour time
- Recover more quickly and regain their shape back
Be careful not to push your stretches to the extreme.
Hold the stretch to a comfortable level and allow the muscle to
release slowly and gently. This is due to the hormone relaxin.
BODYBALANCE, Pilates and Yoga are in general the
types of classes attended by expectant mums.
The gym environment is also excellent where a range
of areas are available for gentle exercise.