Exercising in pregnancy is not only important for your physical health but also your emotional wellbeing. 30 minutes of physical activity, five times a week will ensure you keep fit, control weight gain and help you to sleep better. Exercising will also help to prevent constipation, headaches, back ache, pelvic pain, cramp and swollen feet.
If you were active prior to pregnancy – keep going!
If you weren’t particularly active prior to pregnancy, now is a great time to start! It's important you take your time and do not suddenly take up strenuous exercise. You don’t have to do strenuous physical activity to get the health and wellbeing benefits. Activities such as brisk walking are considered enough to help ensure you get the exercise you need in pregnancy. You should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise.
Whatever your fitness level, it’s really important that you listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Talk to your midwife about pregnancy related exercise classes such as aqua natal in your local area.
Further information about staying active when you're pregnant can be found on the NHS 111 Wales website.