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Pregnancy and Exercise

When you're expecting, it's important to keep moving. But you're probably wondering, is it safe to exercise while pregnant?

Simply put, if you are healthy and your pregnancy is complication-free then yes, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity. However, it is important to discuss exercise with your obstetrician/gynaecologist during your prenatal visits.  

You may be asking yourself, what are some conditions that could make exercise during pregnancy unsafe? If moms-to-be have the following conditions, this may cause complications and exercise may be unsafe:  

-     Placenta previa (when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the mother's cervix) after 26 weeks.

-     Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (Preeclampsia).

-     Preterm labour/ruptured membranes causing spontaneous abortions.  

The good news is exercising during pregnancy has long-lasting effects such as:

-    Reduced back pain (amazing!).

-    May decrease the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.  

-    Promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Lastly, pregnant women should get at least 30 mins of exercise of moderate intensity every week. Moderate intensity means you are moving enough to raise your heart rate and produce sweat. You should be still able to talk normally, however, singing might be a challenge! Some examples include brisk walking, gardening or visiting your closest fitness centre.  

So consult your obstetrician/gynaecologist and get moving!  

Article by Grace Poli