In the past, women have been encouraged to put their feet up and take it easy during pregnancy. However, doctors and experts now agree that most exercise done in moderation during pregnancy is both beneficial and safe1. Whether you were active before pregnancy or haven’t exercised for a while, continuing or starting a pregnancy-safe exercise routine could be one of the best things you can do for both of you.
Before you start, do consult your doctor or midwife to let them know which activities you plan to engage in. And read up on which exercises you should avoid during pregnancy.
And when you do get started, whatever your fitness levels or stage of pregnancy, listen to your body. If you feel too tired, your heart is racing or you feel dizzy, stop and rest. Some activity – no matter how small – is better than none at all. Every person and every pregnancy is unique. Few women can undertake the same level of activity they did before they became pregnant2.