Gentle exercise is important during and after pregnancy

  • August 20, 2014 | Kim Lamont

Gentle exercise is beneficial during and after pregnancy. Photo courtesy of A Healthy Michigan

It is important to exercise safely while you are pregnant, and after your baby is born.

What should I do?

It is very important to speak to your doctor before you start to exercise, both during and after pregnancy.

Choose gentle forms of exercise such as swimming, stretching, low-impact dancing, gardening and housework. Brisk walking, jogging or stationary cycling are suitable up until you are six months pregnant.

Do gentle exercises for 30 minutes, three to five times a week. This should be continued after pregnancy.

If you don't want to exercise for 30 minutes all at once, you can do three ten-minute sessions during the day.

Tip: Light to moderate exercises increase your heart rate and breathing rate. You should still be able to talk quite easily, but should find singing difficult to do.

If you feel pain during exercise, stop exercising immediately and see your doctor or health care worker.