Exercise in pregnancy

Benefits of exercise to you

Exercise is generally a very good think for both you and your baby. It is recommended that pregnant women should engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise on most if not all days of the week unless there is a medical contraindication. Women who remain active tend to gain less weight during pregnancy, have lower chances of developing gestational diabetes or preeclampsia and recover faster from childbirth. Moreover, exercise strengthens the pelvic floor and improves aerobic capacity, both of which may help you in labour. Staying active helps to prevent or alleviate symptoms of prenatal depression. 

Benefits of exercise to your baby

Regular exercise in pregnancy increases fetal heart rate variability, which may benefit brain and nervous system development. Children of mothers who have exercised in pregnancy have a decreased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome