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Exercising during pregnancy

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 classes. 

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 low-intensity programme. 

Guidelines and precautions: 

  • Exercise is really important for a healthy mother and baby
  • 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 back 
  • 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 after birth

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.

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