Exercising during pregnancy for most women is a safe, rewarding activity that can build stamina, tone and reduce recovery time after birth. It is important to be aware that your body is going through significant changes as it prepares for birth. These changes as well as the ongoing health of the fetus mean that any program should be tailored during this important time. Generally speaking exercise should be for shorter periods, less intense and stopped if any discomfort occurs.
YOUR BODY IS CHANGING
During pregnancy your body changes in a number of ways which will in turn affect your ability to exercise.
ADVANTAGES OF EXERCISE
There are a number of great benefits and advantages of exercising throughout pregnancy including:
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFE EXERCISE
HIGH RISK CONDITIONS
Although most women will benefit from gentle exercise during pregnancy, there are a number of conditions that mean you need to take extra care. If you are in any of these group it is recommended you work closely with your doctor in determining what exercise, if any, you do.
Gentle exercise can be rewarding, social and fun during pregnancy. Walking, swimming and even exercise bikes can be suitable. It can also be beneficial to look at exercise classes specifically designed for expecting mums. As always if in doubt as to what exercise is right for you to not hesitate to discuss this with your doctor during your next visit.
Body Leadership is launching specifically tailored exercise programs for pregnancy in February 2012. For more information about these programs or to book a spot please do not hesitiate to contact us on 07 3847 8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.