Pregnancy news, 16/05/2017
We were shocked to see that exercise in pregnancy was a topic of debate on Sky News this morning.
It is not true that exercise during pregnancy can harm unborn babies. In fact, research shows that physical exercise in pregnancy is not only safe and healthy, but actually benefits you and your baby, too.
Mum-to-be Binky Felstead defended pregnancy exercise during the segment on Sky News this morning. She said, ‘As a first-time mum, you are already aware that people are anti-exercise in case it does harm the baby but with the research, you’re doing your body good and your baby good.’
Binky is absolutely right that exercise benefits you and your baby.
- increases blood flow to the placenta which is great for your baby’s growth and development
- helps you sleep better
- reduces your likelihood of suffering from common pregnancy complaints
- reduces your anxiety levels
You are also 4.5 times more likely to have a caesarean section if you’re not active during pregnancy.
Binky continued, ‘It helps you with labour, it keeps me and my mind at ease. I suffer from anxiety so I feel so much better.’
It’s true that when you exercise, your body produces hormones called endorphins. Endorphins are linked to feelings of wellbeing and may make you less likely to feel anxious and depressed.
Talking about her favourite types of pregnancy exercise, she said, ‘Swimming is really good and lots of stretching, obviously pelvic floor is very good.’
For many women, being active in pregnancy is a good thing. We recommend listening to your body and doing what feels right for you. Talk to your midwife or GP if you have an existing injury or health condition which could make it hard for you to stay active.
Whether you do regularly gym-based exercise like Binky or simply take the stairs instead of the lift, you will be helping yourself to have a healthier pregnancy.
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