One study also showed that women who were previously active and stopped exercising in their first trimester had longer labour times and more interventions during delivery than those who kept exercising to the end of their pregnancy.
If you are concerned about your baby being jolted around as you continue exercising as normal, don’t worry – this isn’t the case. Your baby is securely cocooned in your womb.
Staying active also:
- Helps you sleep better
- Reduces your likelihood of suffering from the common complaints of pregnancy, such as varicose veins, swollen feet and tiredness
- Reduces your anxiety levels.
You can exercise during your pregnancy even if you have not been active before. Walking, swimming, pregnancy yoga or aquanatal classes are good ways to exercise during pregnancy.
If you have any medical complications in pregnancy, talk to your doctor or midwife before you exercise. They can advise you on the levels of activity that are safe for you and your baby.
Not in itself. In fact, women with uncomplicated pregnancies who exercise have been shown to have a reduced risk of premature birth.
Most types of exercise are fine even if you are overweight. Being active during your pregnancy is safe and healthy for you and your baby.
It should be fine to continue with your usual class as long as you tell your teacher about your pregnancy.
Yes, you can. Yoga is a great exercise to do during pregnancy as it doesn’t put too much strain on your joints. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and to help women stay calm in pregnancy and labour.
As you’re used to running, it’s fine to carry on during your pregnancy as long as you feel comfortable.
As long as you feel comfortable and you have no medical issues in pregnancy, you can carry on exercising right up until your baby is born.
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- RCOG (2006) Exercise in Pregnancy: Statement No. 4, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/statements/statement-no-4.pdf
- Tinloy J, Chuang CH, Zhu J, Pauli J, Kraschnewski JL, Kjerulff KH (2014) ‘Exercise during pregnancy and risk of late preterm birth, cesarean delivery, and hospitalizations’, Women’s Health Issues, 24 (1): e99–e104: doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2013.11.003: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24439953
ℹLast reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.