Exercise is a major point of contention when it comes to pregnancy – just take a look at the heated debates that take place beside videos of mums-to-be engaging in kick-boxing and weight-lifting.


This is a sacred time for your body, but that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise; in fact, on the contrary, health experts advise you to partake in some form of exercise, as it’s great for your health and well-being.


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Before you set foot in the gym, consider the following:

  • Always consult with your doctor before you start exercising. Your GP will advise you on what to avoid as well as what’s best for you and Baby.
  • Accept that you will have to amend your workout regime and go a bit easier on yourself. Your body is changing on a daily basis, and you won’t be able to do EVERYTHING you’re used to – and that’s OK.
  • Stop immediately if you experience any of the following: vaginal bleeding, nausea, dizziness, intense abdominal cramping.



What you should try:

Yoga and Pilates

If you’re no longer sure of what to do, why not enrol in a prenatal class? Specialised classes like yoga, Pilates and even dance are gentle options that will keep your fitness levels up.



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Light aerobics are great for the expectant mum who wants to stay toned and fit during her pregnancy. Just remember to have a word with your instructor beforehand or, even better, enrol in a class that caters to pregnancy.



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OK, so you might not be in any condition to go hell for leather in a spin class, but you can still enjoy the benefits of the treadmill. Walking is one of the best exercises for pregnant women, and you can control your route and pace while using the equipment.




Now’s the time to hit the swimming pool and put your breaststroke skills to the test! Many pregnant women love to swim as the water supports Baby’s extra weight as well as working out more muscles and keeping Mum cool.



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Good luck, mums - any enjoy!


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