So Should I Exercise During Pregnancy?

Exercise during pregnancy is often a bit of a grey area. Pregnancy is an amazing time when your body changes rapidly to provide for your growing baby, but who do you turn to for advice on exercising during this unique time? Often, many healthcare professionals that you will come into contact with during and after your pregnancy do not have specialist training in this area.  Chartered Physiotherapists with specialist training in women’s health are ideally positioned to advise you on safe exercising during your pregnancy and after the delivery of your baby.

We advise that your pregnancy is not a time where you should be looking at increasing your fitness levels but more at maintaining your levels of fitness. The level of exercise recommended will depend, in part, on your level of pre-pregnancy fitness.

Cardiovascular exercises such as walking, swimming and cycling are great ways of maintaining fitness levels.  Pilates-based exercises using a gym ball are a great way of improving your core muscle strength. Contact sports such as skiing, netball and horse riding should be avoided due to their risks in harming the baby. If you are used to running prior to becoming pregnant, then it is safe to continue to run during your pregnancy up until 25 – 30 weeks but always listen to your body and don`t push yourself too hard!

However, to benefit from exercise you need to know how to exercise safely in pregnancy as it is important not to exercise too much and potentially harm the baby or overstretch muscles which are struggling to adapt to the growing baby.

FitBack & Bumps Antenatal Exercise Classes will give you all the tools you need to safely exercise during your pregnancy. This will include advice on cardiovascular exercise and core stability exercises focusing on the use of a gym ball.

As always, if you encounter dizziness, bleeding, unusual pain, unusual shortness of breath or uterine contractions stop straight away and seek medical advice.