There is a lot of conflicting information about whether it is or isn’t okay to exercise during pregnancy, which can be very confusing for a mum-to-be – particularly when they are trying to do the right thing for both themselves and the baby. However, research shows that appropriate exercise during pregnancy can be safe and beneficial. Here are a few tips and myth busters about exercising during pregnancy
- Exercising at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes or more on most (or even all) days is safe for all pregnant women in the absence of medical or obstetric complications. When exercising at a moderate intensity, you should still be able to comfortably chat without feeling out of breath.
- Exercise for pregnant women who were previously sedentary can be safe and valuable.
- Even those suffering from medical or obstetric conditions may still be safe to exercise but will need to be reviewed by their GP first.
- Exercise during pregnancy can reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes and even help treat it.
- Moderate intensity exercise may include:
- Brisk walking
- Slow cycling
- Water aerobics
Pilates is a low impact exercise, and has a number of benefits. Here are a few of them:
- Stronger stomach and glute muscles
- Decreased risk of developing lower back or pelvic pain
- Stronger pelvic floor muscles
- Improved Balance
- Weight Maintenance
- Stronger legs
- Can help speed up recovery post-partum
If in doubt, talk to a health professional!
By Isabel Armsworth