03 Apr Exercise in pregnancy
Body changes in pregnancy:
Your blood volume increases by a whopping 50%.
As the baby and uterus grow upward, the abdominal and lower chest size increase. This reduces the space for your lungs
But your red blood cells only increase by 25%
No wonder a lot of women feel breathless when doing exercise.
So how much exercise and how often:
You should do some aerobic exercise everyday. It keeps you fit for the later stages of pregnancy.
Walking is easy to do: aim for 20-30 minutes every day of the week.
Strength work should target the pelvis, gluteals and upper legs – for prevention and help with pelvic pains towards the end of pregnancy.
Specific Pelvic and Abdominal work: gentle endurance and some strength work is essential every day.
Very occasionally, there are reasons why women should not exercise. Talk to your “baby experts”: local doctor, obstetrician, women’s health physiotherapist or midwife if you are concerned about this.
Please know that DOING exercise is better for you and your baby than NOT DOING exercise