There is lots of conflicting information about whether it is or isn’t okay to exercise during pregnancy, which can be very confusing for a mum-to-be, particularly when they are trying to do the right thing for both themselves and their baby.
Four Facts to Put Your Mind at Ease
- 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity exercise on most (or even all) days for all pregnant women in the absence of medical or obstetric complications is safe. When exercising at a moderate intensity, you should still be able to comfortably chat without feeling out of breath.
- Exercise for pregnant women who were previously sedentary can be safe and beneficial.
- Even those suffering from medical or obstetric conditions may still be safe to exercise but will need to be reviewed by their GP first.
- Exercise during pregnancy can reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes, and help treat it.
Moderate intensity exercise may include:
- Brisk walking
- Slow cycling
- Water aerobics
Benefits of Prenatal Pilates
– Stronger stomach and glute muscles
-Decreased risk of developing lower back or pelvic pain
– Stronger pelvic floor muscles
– Improved balance
– Weight maintenance
– Stronger legs
– Can help speed up recovery post-partum
If you are interested in Pilates, or are experiencing pregnancy-related pain, come visit your Physiotherapist!