Pregnancy And Exercise

Posted by Olivia Van der Veen on 28 January 2014

More and more research is emerging stating that keeping active during pregnancy can be beneficial for both mum and bub! Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. It can also improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts like backaches and fatigue.

Of course not all exercise is safe during pregnancy such as activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, bouncing or running. However, most exercises are safe to perform during pregnancy, as long as you exercise with caution and do not overdo it. Here at Fitness Canterbury our trainers can design a program to suit you and your pregnancy.

The health benefits of exercise during pregnancy include the decrease of blood pressure for both during rest and exercise, the improvement of muscle function, and a reported decrease in muscle soreness.  In general, exercise also helps to condition women for the difficult breathing experienced during labour.

It is recommended that when exercising that the heart rate should not exceed 140-150 beats per minute or be greater than 60/70% of the maximum heart rate. The mother should use both rate of perceived exertion and heart rate monitor in order to ensure that the pregnant woman is exercising at the appropriate intensity.

Please consult a trained health professional before taking part in exercise while pregnant.


Trainer Meg Bolderston with her pregnant client Regina