Pregnancy Exercise

 

For many pregnant women, exercise is the last thing on their minds!  But once the sickness has eased and the tiredness has lifted, it is a good idea to reassess your exercise plan.  There are many benefits of maintaining your fitness levels during pregnancy and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends it.  Here are some reasons for exercising in pregnancy:

  • Reduces the risk of developing Gestational Diabetes
  • Reduces insomnia and anxiety due to the natural 'feel good' hormones that are released when we exercise
  • Improves body awarenes, balance, co-ordination and posture
  • Improves self esteem, confidence and sence of well-being
  • Maintains fitness and stability
  • Maintains muscle strength to the bladder and bowels
  • Prevents or reduces Back Pain and Pelvic Pain
  • Prepares you for labour
  • Eases your postnatal recovery
  • Can help to control your bladder and bowels before and after labour

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