Being active during your pregnancy is very important. It can help reduce the length of labor, shorten the recovery time and even help with postpartum weight management.

Research suggests that physical activity can have positive effects on your mood, self-esteem and body image. It can also help with sleep, stress, depression and anxiety.

Gentle physical activity is good for you, is usually safe and doesn’t harm your baby’s growth and development. Carrying on with your usual exercise routine is normally OK – unless you’re into extreme sports – but check if there are any risks with your midwife / doctor.

Before starting any exercise

  • Check with your doctor
  • Drink plenty of water
  • If you go to exercise classes, make sure your teacher is properly qualified to train pregnant women

If you feel faint, lighthearted or breathless while exercising – stop immediately.

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

Sports to Avoid

Sports with a high potential for hard falls, high impact or those where you might be thrown off-balance are not a good idea. These include horse riding, skiing, gymnastics and waterskiing.