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23rd January 2019

Exercise and Pregnancy

There are several things you should consider when exercising while pregnant. Our fitness ambassador, Ellie Baker, outlines the beneficial impact of keeping fit during pregnancy, and explains the changes you should think about making to your fitness regime.

Running, swimming, cycling – which is best during pregnancy?

When it comes to which sport is best during pregnancy, I believe it is a very individual thing, provided your pregnancy is low-risk. If you’re in any doubt regarding the status of your pregnancy you should speak to your GP or obstetrician, who will be able to advise you further.

Otherwise, it varies according to your individual lifestyle choices. If you ran regularly before pregnancy, you should be able to continue to run while you’re pregnant, with zero effects for you or your baby. If you didn’t run regularly before, pregnancy is probably not the best time to start. However, there are many fantastic effects you and your baby will get from sports like swimming during pregnancy. For example: exercising in water supports your bump and is great for your circulation as the pressure of the water on your blood vessels stimulates blood flow and helps reduce any swelling. It’s also an excellent way to maintain your abdominal tone.

How should you change your exercise regime throughout pregnancy (1st trimester, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester)?

In each trimester most exercises are ok, as long as you don’t overdo it. You will need to listen to your body. Low impact sports like prenatal yoga, swimming and biking are good to do if you feel worried or didn’t exercise much before getting pregnant. Many people get worried about exercise in the first trimester due to risk of miscarriage, but it is said that as long as you listen to your body there should not be a problem as there are no direct links between exercise and miscarriage.

What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?

There are major benefits to exercising whilst being pregnant. Exercise improves posture and massively helps to reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling. This will make your pregnancy feel a lot more comfortable. It can also help to reduce fatigue and leaves you feeling more energised.

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