Doing regular exercise has many health benefits during pregnancy and also helps to prepare the body for childbirth. It is also important to commence exercise as early as clinically possible (once cleared for safety) for optimum benefits. Due to the changing body’s response to exercise, a supervised program is best as it allows the Clinician to select appropriate exercises and make modification when required.
It is noted that the national recommendation for exercise when pregnant is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days. Good exercise intensity is when you can talk normally (but cannot sing) and one does not become exhausted too quickly. Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits. Benefits of regular exercise throughout pregnancy include;
- increased energy
- reduction in back and pelvic pain occurrences
- decreased risked of pregnancy complication ie. Pre-eclampsia & pregnancy-induced hypertension
- preparation for the physical demand of labour
- fewer complications throughout delivery
- weight control
- stress relief
- faster recuperation after delivery
- improved posture
- reduced risk of anxiety and depression
A reasonable goal for anyone during pregnancy should be to maintain a good fitness level throughout pregnancy without trying to reach peak fitness. The Victorian Government summaries ‘All women who are pregnant without complications should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises as part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.’
Exercise that is generally safe during pregnancy, even for beginners, includes walking, swimming, cycling, aquarobics, yoga, Pilates or Clinical Exercise under supervision. People active prior to pregnancy should be able to continue their chosen activity within a tolerable comfort range for the duration of the pregnancy, provided that there are no contraindications. Introduction to new exercise that is commenced after 20 weeks is not as beneficial (compared to exercise prior to 20 weeks) and hands-on only treatment may be required for pain relief, in conjunction.
At Complete Health our Clinical Exercise sessions are 30 minutes long and include appropriate strength and conditioning exercises appropriately modified to the individuals needs. We monitor exercise intensity as well as recovery after each session to ensure mother and baby are not compromised. Prior to commencement of exercise a clearance is requested from either midwife or obstetrician to ensure there are no contraindications which could be harmful. If you would like further information please contact us.Leave a reply →