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Pregnancy is safe and healthy to do in low-risk and uncomplicated pregnancies, if you have a high risk-pregnancy it is important to get clearance from your Obstetrician prior to starting a new exercise program.
30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most days is what we aim for.
Why should I exercise during pregnancy?
- Helps you stay at a healthy weight
- Makes you stronger and fitter – good for coping with pregnancy, labour and better post-birth outcomes
- Helps to decrease with pregnancy related pains eg. back pain
- Reduces the chance of developing Gestational Diabetes
What exercise is safe?
- If you have not previously been exercising prior to pregnancy, ensure to start off gently – eg Pilates, walking, swimming
- Avoid contact sports or anything with a high risk of falling – eg netball, horse riding
- Avoid overheating – eg saunas, ‘Hot Yoga’
- Avoid high impact activity, unless cleared by your Obstetrician or women’s health physiotherapist to do so
- Ensure to keep hydrated, protect your pelvic floor, and avoid exercising if it is causing pain
Is Pilates good during Pregnancy:
Pilates is a great way to help:
- Strengthen your core muscles to avoid large abdominal separation post birth
- Strengthen your inner thigh and glute muscles to help reduce pelvic and lower back discomforts during pregnancy
- Strengthen your pelvic floor and ensure it is kept from being overloaded
- Improving your upper body strength to help with lifting baby post-birth
- Improving your breathing and relaxation
- Improve your mobility especially in your upper and lower back