Is it safe to exercise whilst pregnant?

 

Exercise is safe for most pregnant women, although there are a few conditions where women are advised not to exercise these are:

  • Heart Disease
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • An incompetent cervix
  • High risk pregnancy, such as multiple gestation or risk of premature labour

Fortunately, not all women fall into these categories, so why do many pregnant women choose not to exercise?  Well, apart from time and tiredness, most women are unsure which exercises to do when they are pregnant, so here are a few tips.

  • Transverse Abdominis and Pelvic Floor Muscle exercises are considered most important through pregnancy
  • Unless you are used to high impact exercise, keep to low impact forms of exercise whilst you are pregnant and avoid any contact sports
  • Stop doing traditional sit-ups at 12-14 weeks
  • Be careful with all abdominal exercises if you feel that you might be developing a Diastasis Recti


Try not to exercise whilst lying on your back from 4 months pregnancy.  If you feel unwell doing exercises whilst lying on your back, stop and try to adopt a different position instead.  This can be due to your growing baby sitting on your arteries in your lower back and reducing the flow of blood around your body.  This usually occurs in the 3rd trimester but it can occur anytime from 4 months onwards.

 Remember:  Do not start a new impact sport in pregnancy!

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