For most women with an uncomplicated pregnancy, keeping active during pregnancy is safe and has many health benefits.
Benefits of being active during pregnancy include:• Helps to control weight gain• Helps to reduce high blood pressure problems• Helps to prevent Diabetes of Pregnancy• Improves fitness• Improves sleep• Boosts mood
Keeping fit could also help you in labour, and make it easier to get back in shape following the birth.
If you are already active, then guidance suggests you can keep going. Just make sure you listen to your body, and adapts activities where necessary. If you’re not currently active, start gradually and build up your levels of activity slowly. Walking or gentle exercise classes designed for pregnant women can be a great place to start.
If you aren’t sure about whether an activity is suitable for you, or aren’t sure what you can do, then discuss it with your midwife, doctor or healthcare provider.
Take a look at this video from the Active Pregnancy Foundation, which helps explain the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance for pregnant women.