PREGNANCY AND EXERCISE
Congratulations! You're pregnant.
Always check with your GP before beginning to, or continuing with, exercise while pregnant. There are some conditions that make it inadvisable to exercise; three or more miscarriages, maternal heart disease, diabetes, hypotension, placenta previa. Your GP will give you advice on whether you should exercise or not.
8-14 weeks is the period where most miscarriages occur. It is advisable to stop exercising during this period until the pregnancy is well established.
"Ok, all is going well and I want to start exercising."
This is not a time to think about losing weight and becoming super-fit. Your awareness should be on achieving a level of fitness that will benefit you and your baby. It is advisable to ask at each antenatal clinic if it is still all right to continue exercising.
"When should I not exercise?"
If you have any of the symptoms below, or are unsure whether to exercise or not, please consult your GP.
- Any bleeding
- Any pain in the body
- Dizziness and faintness
- Shortness of breath
- High blood pressure
- Feeling unwell or having a high temperature or fever
- Severe Headaches and swelling (always check this with a GP as could indicate pre-eclampsia)
- Incompetent cervix and pubic pain
- Very anaemic
- When you experience Braxton hicks or are in labour.
Here is a link to our Pilates based prenatal exercise classes: Pregnancy Pilates
- and below are some of the exercises that you will be performing in the class.