Well done you!
Exercise during pregnancy is good for you and good for your baby. What’s more, longer term, active mums and more likely to raise active kids! Taking the decision to stay fit when pregnant is not just about you and your own health and well-being, it’s the first stage in raising a fit and active family.
- Mums-to-be who exercise when pregnant are less likely to pile on the pounds and lose the dreaded baby weight to regain their pre-baby shape more quickly after the birth
- Keeping active and raising your heartbeat will release those ‘feel good’ endorphins and lift your mood
- Giving birth is physically demanding – maintaining a fit pregnancy can make a really positive difference
- If your body is fit and toned it will help speed up your recovery period after you’ve had your baby
- Cardio exercise during pregnancy helps you to feel LESS tired – raising your heartbeat and strengthening your cardiovascular system means you won’t tire as easily
- Exercise during pregnancy can ease pregnancy niggles such as varicose veins or heartburn
- Exercise and keeping your core muscles strong when you’re pregnant can help ease lower back ache
- Expectant mums often find it’s easier to get a good night’s sleep after a pregnancy workout
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that ‘healthy pregnant women should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most, if not all days of the week’, aiming for at least 150 minutes weekly
- The NHS Change4Life campaign states: ‘being active during pregnancy means you’re likely to maintain a healthier weight and be able to cope better with the physical demands of pregnancy and labour. It also reduces the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects and diabetes.’
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