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EXPECTING TO EXERCISE
GENERAL ADVICE FOR LOW RISK WOMEN
There is little doubt these days that exercise is good for healthy women during uncomplicated an pregnancy. In fact there is good evidence to suggest that if regular exercise is maintained throughout pregnancy, women will be in better shape for birth and experience fewer complications.
“…… all women should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength-
RCOG Feb 2015
Most pregnant women who exercise regularly will have measurable results including:
Hormonal changes in pregnancy lead to raised joint laxity and can potentially raise the risk of injury during exercise, so always consider the following:
Stop exercising and seek medical advice if you experience:
Always discuss your plans with your midwife/doctor and confirm that yours is a “low risk” pregnancy. They know you and your history and will be able to advise specifically. A high risk pregnancy does not mean that you should not exercise, but may mean that some extra advice from your consultant team is required. Always inform your instructor of any changes in your condition.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Statement 4 “Exercise in Pregnancy” Feb 2015
Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (ACPWH) 2010
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2008