Physical activity is important and it helps in preparing your body for labor.1
Practicing regular physical activity will keep you in a general relaxed mood and will prepare you for labor1. It will positively impact your heart, bones and your mental health. Besides, having different benefits, Yoga stretches which will keep you limber. 1 Therefore, you should exercise at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week 2; in addition to, walking and swimming1 to gain substantial health benefits . It’s more preferable to spread your workouts throughout the week. 2
Follow these precautions to be healthy and safe: 2, 3
· Start your exercise slowly, and gradually speed up.
· Take frequent breaks2 and make sure to warm-up and cool-down.
· After the first trimester, don't exercise on your back.
· Drink plenty of water3 & enough fluids before, during, and after exercising.
· Stop exercising if you feel dizziness, chest pain, abdominal pain, or have Contractions and immediately consult your doctor.
Consult your healthcare provider to ensure that you aren’t exhausting yourself, and to adjust your exercising routine to be customized with your changing body.
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2. Staying healthy and safe. Available at https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/staying-healthy-and-safe Last accessed 25/6/2019
3. The Pregnancy Book. NHS. Available at https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf Last accessed 25/6/2019