Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Exercise in Pregnancy

Regular exercise is very important for general health and wellbeing for you and your baby during your pregnancy. But, the physical changes experienced during pregnancy need to be taken into consideration when planning an exercise routine.

With the increased weight gain and change in body shape, a pregnant woman’s sense of balance and coordination can be affected. The joints and ligaments become looser due to hormonal changes which can potentially increasing risk of injury. In addition, the heart rate, breathing rate and the core body temperature are increased in pregnancy. 

Maintaining healthy exercise in pregnancy, while allowing for the changes that occur, is important. Talk with our physiotherapist for your personalised exercise program that adapts to your changing needs. 

Top Tips for Exercising while Pregnant
Join an Exercise Class
Joining an exercise class is a great way to stay fit and meet new friends during your pregnancy.
 
Recommended exercises in pregnancy:

Contact your Obstetrician

Contact your Obstetrician if you experience any of the following symptoms before, during or after exercise:

If you have a complicated pregnancy (e.g. twins, placenta praevia, persistent bleeding) you may be advised not to exercise or to modify your exercise.

Read more about exercise during pregnancy from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 

Read more about exercise after pregnancy from Pregnancy, Birth & Baby.