If you are feeling well, moderate activity will not harm you or your baby. This is any activity that makes you feel warm and breathe faster. You should be able to pass the ‘talk test’.
There are some situations where you should check with your doctor before exercising. For example, if you have a medical condition or you have had problems during a previous pregnancy. You may need to avoid or stop exercising, for example if you have vaginal bleeding.
Does exercise cause miscarriage or premature birth?
It is safe to exercise if your pregnancy is uncomplicated. Physical activity lowers the chance of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.
Some people think their baby will be shaken around as they exercise. But your baby is well protected inside your womb. If you are worried or feel uncomfortable, you could try low-impact exercises like walking and swimming.
I wanted to wrap myself in cotton wool after my miscarriage and I found it difficult when other mums talked about all the sport they still did - in the first trimester I wanted to protect my baby as best as I could. But perhaps if I’d been encouraged to go for walks and swims that would have helped my anxiety levels?