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Best Exercises in Pregnancy


Yes, you can exercise when you are pregnant. It is beneficial to you and your unborn baby. Exercise helps reduce glucose levels, the risks of Caesarean section or instrumental deliveries and maternal weight gain. It is recommended that expecting women get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week.


You may be wondering what exercises are best for you. Well, the exercises described below are simple, fun and are likely not new to you. You may, however, need to consult your doctor for what kind of exercises you should involve yourself in. Make sure you have your doctor’s clearance before carrying out any vigorous activity.


Let’s get right into it.



Walking is an exercise that works for pregnant women of all different fitness levels. Bonus points? It can be done anywhere, anytime, even till your delivery day. Just get yourself some good sneakers.




You can run while pregnant either as a newbie or a seasoned athlete. Running has its benefits.


Ensure you do it on level ground and listen to your body, don’t overdo it. You could use a treadmill as well.



Swimming makes for a perfect pregnancy workout. You get to exercise adequately without worsening joint aches. Swimming in pregnancy helps relieve nausea, backaches, joint pain and swelling. For safety, it’s best you step into the pool-no diving or jumping in.


Elliptical and stair climbers

Both are good choices during pregnancy. Just make sure you adjust parameters (speed, incline and tension) to levels that are comfortable for you. 


Be careful as your pregnancy progresses and pay attention to your stepping to avoid falls.



These include stretching and strength-training exercises, and sometimes dance workouts. They help increase your heart rate and the production of endorphins as well as improve blood circulation. 


Whether you are a newbie or an experienced athlete, don’t overdo it. Ensure you warm-up and cool down when you exercise. Jumping and other high-impacts routines should be avoided.


Other exercises that can you do include kickboxing, indoor cycling, weight-lifting, yoga, and outdoor sports like biking, hiking, skating and skiing. 


As much as exercises are good, ensure you work out safely. Get recommended, comfortable gym wear, warm-up and cool down, stay cool and hydrated, listen to your body, avoid exercises that involve your back and when something is wrong, report it to your healthcare provider.


You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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