Exercise is important during pregnancy

  • February 06, 2014 | Kim Lamont

Walking is the best form of exercise while pregnant. Photo courtesy of Ed Yourdon

Try to fit in some mild exercise every day. This doesn't mean rushing off to the gym for an hour's strenuous workout.

Going for a walk is the best form of exercise when you're pregnant. It gets your blood flowing and increases oxygen levels throughout your body.

Don't do any sit-ups, crunches or tummy exercises, and avoid doing any heavy weightlifting.

Starting a gentle exercise regime now will help you stay in shape during pregnancy. Mild exercise also helps to lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce the length of labour and labour complications.

Source: Circulation 1998. Hambrecht, R