Exercise has shown to benefit most pregnant women. Generally speaking, with appropriate modifications, women should be partaking in a variety of aerobic and strengthening exercises before, during, and after pregnancy.
For soon to be expecting mums, regular exercise has been shown to maintain fitness levels, help with weight management and reduce the chance of developing gestational diabetes by up to 36% as found in a study that looked at 2800 pregnancies.
Maintaining Physical activity throughout your pregnancy can help expectant mothers fight fatigue, improve sleep, manage back pain and even reduce those annoying bathroom runs in the middle of the night.
When thinking about appropriate exercise options during pregnancy, you may want to consider any of the following options;
- Stationary Bike
- Low impact aerobics
- Strength training
Things to avoid are generally;
- Contact sports
- Any sports that have a high risk of falls
- Scuba diving
- Sky diving
- Bikram Yoga
Remember it is generally safe to resume exercise 6 weeks after child birth in uncomplicated labors. Start slowly and build up gradually. For more advice speak to your doctor or local Exercise Physiologist.