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When Pregnant Women Should Be Exercise

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Lots of women question if they should continue to exercise w=once they are pregnant, and for most people the answer is a resounding yes!

Maintaining fitness whilst you're pregnant will help you both physically and psychologically, preparing you for labour as well as helping to reduce many common complaints such as tiredness, varicose veins and swollen ankles. Regular exercise can help alleviate discomfort such as lower back pain and even help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Even a modest amount of exercise will release those feel good endorphins, lift your mood and make it easier to sleep, reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Experts recommend that healthy pregnant women should be aiming for at least 2.5 hours of exercise a week. Whilst no-one would recommend taking up marathon running as a new activity when you become pregnant it's never too late to introduce a gentle programme of exercise into your routine.
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If you're anxious about how much you should be doing ask your doctor or midwife.

Ask first if you have

Cardiac or lung disease Persistent bleeding High blood pressure Anaemia Pre-eclampsia Pre-term labour (either this pregnancy or previously) Diagnosed weakness in your cervix (IC) Expecting twins or a multiple birth Placenta praevia after 26 weeks Your waters have broken Eating disorders (including malnutrition or obesity) Limited mobility Thyroid disease Diabetes mellitus

But if you get any of the following symptoms stop and contact your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms

Excessive shortness of breath

Chest pain

Palpitations

Feeling faint or
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