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Exercise during pregnancy

Throughout your pregnancy it is safe and beneficial to participate in gentle exercise 3-4 times a week for periods of 20 to 30 minutes.

There are some situations where exercise may not be advised such as pregnancy induced high blood pressure, placenta praevia (low lying placenta), multiple pregnancy or pelvic instability. Dr Bonazzi will advise you if exercise is not suitable during your pregnancy.

Exercise in normal pregnancy can provide great benefits including:

  • Maintaining fitness level
  • Assisting in weight control
  • Strengthening your back & abdominal muscles to increase core strength as your baby & abdomen grows
  • You often sleep better & notice less tiredness
  • Can help to prevent constipation which can be a common occurrence during pregnancy
  • Helps to prepare and aid your body for the labour & birth of your baby

There are a number of types of exercises that you can participate in safely throughout your pregnancy including:

  • Walking
  • Swimming (as long as not in a pool heated above 28 degrees)
  • Water Aerobics (as above)
  • Yoga or Pilates specific for pregnancy
  • Non-impact exercise such as riding an exercise bike.
  • Strengthening exercises for your lower back, abdominal & pelvic floor muscles

You should avoid contact sports or any exercise where you can be susceptible to abdominal impact or falls.

It is recommended that if participating in exercise you remember to drink water before, during and after exercise.

It is best not to increase your heart rate above 120 beats per minute.

If at any point during exercise you feel breathless, faint or overly fatigued you should stop immediately and rest.

You should notify Dr Bonazzi if any of the following occur following exercise:

  • Blood or fluid leaking from the vagina
  • Chest pain or rapid heart beat
  • Uterine contractions
  • Abdominal, vaginal or pelvic pain
  • Decreased foetal movements

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