in Pregnancy

The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth.

Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as you feel comfortable. Exercise is not dangerous for your baby – there is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour.

Exercise tips 

Don’t exhaust yourself. If you weren't active before you got pregnant, don’t suddenly take up strenuous exercise. Remember that exercise doesn't have to be strenuous to be beneficial.
Exercise tips when you're pregnant:
  • try to keep active on a daily basis: half an hour of walking each day can be enough, but if you can't manage that, any amount is better than nothing
  • avoid any strenuous exercise in hot weather
  • drink plenty of water and other fluids
  • if you go to exercise classes, make sure your teacher is properly qualified, and knows that you’re pregnant as well as how many weeks pregnant you are 
  • you might like to try swimming because the water will support your increased weight.  Aquanatal classes are available in Wakefield, find out more here 

Exercises to avoid:

  • don't lie flat on your back, particularly after 16 weeks, because the weight of your bump presses on the main blood vessel bringing blood back to your heart and this can make you feel faint
  • don't take part in contact sports where there's a risk of being hit, such as kickboxing, judo or squash
  • don't take part in horse-riding, downhill skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics or cycling, because there's a risk of falling
  • don't go scuba-diving, because the baby has no protection against decompression sickness and gas embolism
Aqua natal classes ar available at Castleford, Milnsthorpe, Pontefract and Sun Lane Swimming pool.  These are a great opportunity to exercise but also to meet other pregnant women and share experiences.  Find  out more in the Antenatal classes section. 


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