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Exercising in pregnancy

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Before you decide to start exercising read here about the benefits of pregnancy and exercise.

There is no evidence exercising in pregnancy may be one of the best things you can do for you and your baby. Pregnancy and exercise can have a beneficial impact on your pregnancy.

It is safe for most women to continue and even start exercising in pregnancy. Always make sure you check with your midwife or doctor first, just in case there are any medical reasons why you should avoid being physically active during your pregnancy.

Exercising in pregnancy can reduce back pain, weight gain and tiredness; it can also reduce your risk of unplanned caesarean and gestational diabetes. It can also benefit your baby’s health too; it can help improve their heart rate health, brain maturity and birth weight.

Some people may say that while you are pregnant, relax, rest and put your feet up, which of course you should also do but a bit of gentle exercise will only benefit you and your baby.

We have put together a few tips for you to follow:

  1. Walk, try and walk as much as possible, even for 10-15 minutes per day, every little helps. Even if it means getting off the bus one stop earlier
  2. When doing your housework, try and give it a bit of oomph! Play your music and make it part of your activity programme, it might make it feel less tedious.
  3. Do some light gardening, maybe try cutting the grass or do some weeding and planting and enjoy the sunshine while you are at it, if it is sunny you may even get a vitamin D boost
  4. Take an exercise class, maybe something easy like pregnancy yoga or swimming, aim to start 3 times a week even if it is just for a short amount of time like 15-20 minutes, you can gradually build up to more if you feel up to it.
  5. You can even get apps for your smartphone now so you can follow a class in the comfort of your home.


The main thing is you get active, do something you enjoy and stick with it even for a short time each day, something is better than nothing.


Exercising during pregnancy will most certainly give you more energy and help you sleep better, along with improving your mood and helping you with the general aches and pains associated with pregnancy.

Pregnant Bump with hands in the shape of heart

Pregnant Bump with hands in the shape of heart