When you exercise in pregnancy, your baby exercises too. Some studies now show that pregnancy exercise has many benefits – in fact, exercise during pregnancy may well have the power to improve your baby’s heart rate health1 and brain maturity2, boost your energy levels3 and lower stress which could reduce the impact on your baby’s immune system development4. Good for you and good for your baby, our pregnancy yoga, running, swimming and weight lifting routines will help you to get Active for 2 today.
Why get Active for 2?
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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.
Pregnancy exercises by trimester
As your baby and bump grow, you may find it more difficult to keep going with certain pregnancy exercises. Our pregnancy aqua aerobics and pregnancy yoga routines can be continued with a few simple modifications, but if you're running in pregnancy you may want to slow things down towards your third trimester. Choose from swimming, yoga, running or strength training to learn more.
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.
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.
Why exercise in pregnancy
Pregnancy exercise can reduce tiredness, back pain and weight gain, and your risk of unplanned caesarean and gestational diabetes. As for your baby, exercise in pregnancy can improve their heart rate health, birth weight and brain maturity.
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. Marques AH, Bjorke-Monsen AL, Teixeira AL, Silverman MN. Maternal stress, nutrition and physical activity: impact on immune function, CNS development and psychopathology. Brain Research. 2015;1617:28–46.
Last reviewed: 8th August 2018
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