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Staying Active In Pregnancy Can Benefit Both Mother And Baby

The narrative of exercise in pregnancy is changing. Gone are the days that we recommend gentle walks and rest. We are now considering the risks of not exercising in pregnancy.

As pregnancy is a time of big changes in the women’s body so it is important to take care to ensure health for the woman and baby. Exercise is one of the best things a woman can do to support her physical and mental health needs during this time.

Benefits of exercise in pregnancy:

  1. Improved cardiovascular health. Exercise can help improve heart health and circulation, reducing risks of complications like pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.
  2. Reduced risk of gestation diabetes: Exercise can help regulate blood sugar level and support healthy baby weight.
  3. Improved mood. Exercise releases endorphins to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
  4. Shorten labour time. Birth can be a physical challenge and women who exercise through pregnancy experience shorten labour times.
  5. Less risk of complications: women who exercise in pregnancy are less likely to experience complications like pre-term labour and hypertension.

Type of exercise:

Not all forms of exercise are safe during pregnancy, but there are many options that can be both safe and effective. Some types of exercise to consider during pregnancy:

  1. Walking: Walking is a great low-impact form of exercise that can be done throughout pregnancy.
  2. Swimming: Swimming is a great low-impact form of exercise that can help to relieve pressure on the joints and improve circulation.
  3. Yoga: Prenatal yoga can help to improve flexibility, strength, and relaxation
  4. Pilates: Pilates can help to strengthen the core muscles and improve posture, which can be especially helpful during pregnancy.
  5. Strength training: Strength training can help to maintain muscle mass and improve overall fitness during pregnancy.

While exercise is safe in pregnancy its recommended to talk with your Ante-Natal Physiotherapist prior to starting.

Meredith Chapple

Meredith graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2017.  She has worked with several Rugby Union clubs and enjoys helping athletes with acute injuries and their return to sport. As an avid rock climber, she has turned her attention to managing rock climbing injuries including wrist, elbow, shoulder and hips. With all her patients, she aims to inspire them to return to their favourite activity and live an active life. Meredith also teaches Clinical Pilates which has helped developed keen body awareness and skill in incorporating mindfulness and exercises as a part of all rehabilitative programs. She is passionate about the connections in the body and has pursued on-going clinical education in dry needling, exercise rehab, TMJ dysfunction and Women’s Health. She enjoys working with Women’s Health patients, chronic pain and people looking to get active. She strives to educate patients on their conditions, develop a suitable exercise program and use manual therapy techniques for the best results. Outside of the clinic Meredith has a passion for running, rock climbing, yoga and playing ukulele.

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