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Now exercise hasn’t been on the top of my priority list during this first trimester and I am OK with that!

I have been walking as much as I can and I enjoy the fresh air and the time to myself! I do it early in the morning, which helps!

I have had days when I have pumped out a great 10-20min strength session too! I really enjoy running, but have not felt like running at all – so I don’t! I don’t feel guilty about it at all! I know it will be there when I am ready to start running again!

The question I get asked most is ‘Can I exercise when I am pregnant and is it safe?’

The simple answer is YES, however, there are a few things you need to think about first!

Exercising while pregnant can be beneficial for a healthy pre and postnatal woman. Although being sensible and listening to your body is most important. You need to ensure that you exercise at an appropriate level for the well-being of yourself and your baby.

Before starting any exercise program, especially while pregnant, please consult your GP, Midwife or Obstetrician, to ensure you are OK to exercise.  If you are having a pretty straight forward pregnancy with no complications, you should be OK to do low impact/gentle exercise throughout your pregnancy, however please check with your specialist first. If you have been exercising consistently before falling pregnant, you may be able to increase the intensity slightly, but it will be different for every pregnant mum. Just remember to listen to your body!

When Exercising While Pregnant, Make Sure You…

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Wear a supportive bra, wear 2 or 3 if you need too
  • Make sure you stay hydrated, drinking small sips of water often during the workout
  • Don’t overheat your body, stay cool. It’s best not to exercise on hot days
  • Are able to hold a conversation with someone throughout the workout, to ensure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard – you may find you get out of breath much faster than usual!

Exercising while pregnant can offer loads of benefits, both physically and emotionally. They include:

  • You will have more energy
  • May help manage some symptoms of pregnancy
  • Improved posture
  • Weight control
  • Stress relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Great preparation for the physical demands of labour
  • Faster recuperation after labour
  • Faster return to pre-pregnancy fitness and weight
  • Increased ability to cope with the physical demands of motherhood
  • Just getting some fresh air is also really beneficial
  • I did physio supervised pilates and walking while pregnant. The pilates helped those pelvic floor muscles and we just changed the exercises as my pregnancy progressed.

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  • this is a great article because a lot of women just stop all together when they get pregnant- including me because i was afraid of miscarriage and it was also doc’s recommendation due to low blood pressure. exercise is so hard to get back into after you’ve had bubby

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  • thanks for sharing with us :)

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  • a good idea is to work on your pelvic floor exercises too

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  • I think as long as you stick to your limits then its fine, a bit of light exercise

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  • if your body is used to exercise then it is safe to continue with it

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  • As long as you are doing low impact things and aren’t pushing yourself too hard! Exercising is great when pregnant!

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  • walking is really good when pregnant

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  • one regret is that I did not exercise when pregnant – so much harder to get back into shape and also back into exercising in general

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  • another great article to pass on to my sister :)

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  • I wish I had been able to exercise more whilst pregnant. Thanks for sharing a great article.

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  • Is there anything you can do to avoid splitting your abdominal muscles?

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  • I completely agree. Thanks for the share.

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  • That’s some great and helpful advice – thanks for sharing!

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  • I like this article too, and yes it’s very essential to excercise during pregnancy to keep you feeling better and avoid extra weight.

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