Pregnancy exercises: Workout ideas
Having a bun in the oven needn’t mean warping into a couch potato! Bessie Recep shows you how to keep fit and feel great all the way to 40 weeks
F itness during pregnancy often becomes a question mark for mums-to-be worried about putting themselves, and their bumps, in harm’s way. But maintaining a suitable and safe exercise routine is beneficial for both you and your precious cargo.
“Pregnant women who exercise regularly are less likely to develop pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes, are less likely to have complications in labour and are more likely stay within the healthy weight-gain range of 12 to 15kg,” says PP’s GP, Dr Ginni Mansberg. “There’s also less chance of having a very large baby, which is linked to congenital abnormalities, and of the child developing diabetes, heart disease or obesity later in life.”
While contact and strenuous sports (think netball, surfing and squash) should be avoided, these gentle workouts are ideal…
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