Pregnancy news, 20/06/2017, updated 21/08/2017
Tennis champ and all-round athletic ace, Serena Williams, said she intends to 'keep exercising for as long as possible while pregnant'.
Here she is still being a tennis boss at 7 month's pregnant:
Now we’re not suggesting that women take up tennis for the first time during pregnancy, but we very much encourage mums to maintain their level of fitness throughout pregnancy doing whatever activity they’re used to.
Whether you’re a walker, swimmer or runner, continuing with your exercise routine is beneficial for many reasons. In fact, if your pregnancy is uncomplicated, it’s much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant. Not only does it help your body get ready for labour and being a new mum, it also reduces anxiety levels and helps you to sleep better.
Read more about exercise in pregnancy.
Evidence showing why exercise is a big plus during pregnancy
A recent study, published in Birth journal, has also found that women who exercise during and after pregnancy have fewer symptoms of postnatal depression than women who don’t exercise.
The study looked at the data of almost 1000 women and compared their exercise routine to the severity of their depressive symptoms.
The women in the study were doing a variety of exercises such as yoga, aerobic activities or walking.
Researcher Celia Alvarez-Bueno says, ‘We expected that physical activity could reduce postpartum depressive symptoms.’
‘However, we were pleasantly surprised when we found that exercise after pregnancy also reduced depression among the women who didn’t have diagnosable symptoms.’
Start being active today with our 10 tips for staying active in pregnancy.
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