Exercise during pregnancy
19 Feb 2018
Being pregnant for 40 or so weeks is a physical challenge! The fitter you are to begin with, the better - but it is never too late to start.
Being fit will help make your pregnancy much more enjoyable, assist you during labour, and help you cope better with the demands of a young baby.
However, it is best to talk to your doctor or midwife at the beginning of your pregnancy to discuss what exercise is suitable for you.
The basic rule is to listen to your body and don't overdo it.
- Women are encouraged to maintain a healthy level of fitness rather than striving for peak fitness. This may include aerobic, strength and stretching exercise.
- For most women, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise most days is encouraged. You should be able to hold a conversation easily whilst exercising.
- If you have not regularly exercised before pregnancy, gradually increase activity by adding five minutes to your exercise program per week, until you reach 30 minutes per day.
To find out more have a look at the topic Exercise in pregnancy.