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When you exercise in pregnancy, your baby exercises too. Some studies now show that pregnancy exercise has many benefits – in fact, an active pregnancy may well have the power to improve your baby’s heart rate health1 and brain maturity2, boost your energy levels3 and reduce the risk of an unplanned caesarean4.5 . Good for you and good for your baby, there’s never been a better time to get Active for 2. Choose your activity, meet your coach and start exercising today.

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Why get Active for 2?

CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY

We've partnered with top pregnancy running, swimming, yoga and strength training coaches to help you get #ActiveFor2. Click on an activity below to meet your coach and find a workout tailored for your trimester.

DR DAWN HARPER
@DrDawnHarper

“We’re now seeing evidence that exercising in pregnancy may be one of the best things you can do for your baby’s future health. Pregnancy exercise can have a huge impact on your personal experience of pregnancy, too. Provided you follow the expert guidelines, it’s safe for most women to continue and even start exercising in pregnancy. Just make sure you check with your midwife or doctor first, in case there are any specific medical reasons why you should avoid being physically active in pregnancy.”

PREGNANCY EXERCISE BASICS

Before you get started, read about the benefits of pregnancy exercise, learn more about your pelvic floor, and get up-to-date advice on which activities are safe and which are best avoided.

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  • "It was very helpful right from the time I joined and is still useful now" Jawharat, Birmingham
  • "Relevant to my baby's progress and very helpful and reassuring during my pregnancy" Maisie, Nantwich
  • "I felt I was aware of what was to come and knew I could seek advice if needed" Monika, Stockport
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    1. May LE et al. Aerobic exercise during pregnancy influences fetal cardiac autonomic control of heart rate and heart rate variability. Early Hum Dev 2010;86(4):213-7.

    2. Labonte-Lemoyne E et al. Exercise during pregnancy enhances cerebral maturation in the newborn: A randomized controlled trial. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol 2016:1-8.

    3. Gaston A, Prapavessis H. Tired, moody and pregnant? Exercise may be the answer. Psychol Health 2013;28(12):1353-69.

    4. Price BB et al. Exercise in pregnancy: Effect on fitness and obstetric outcomes-a randomized trial. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2012;44(12):2263-9.

    5. Domenjoz I et al. Effect of physical activity during pregnancy on mode of delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014;211(4):401.e1-e11.

Last reviewed: 5th May 2017

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