Here are 5 great reasons to exercise during pregnancy:

  1. Evidence has shown that exercise helps to develop and maintain muscular strength, flexibility and fitness to carry a pregnancy.

  2. Exercise prepares your body for the demands of labour and birth.

  3. Exercise improves and maintains overall body strength to improve posture and ease back and joint pain.

  4. Exercise improves circulation and sleep; you have more energy and feel better about your body during a physically and emotionally demanding time in your life.

  5. Research has shown that exercise can reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.

Combine cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running, swimming, with pregnancy yoga and stretching classes and you will definitely reap the rewards, including a faster post birth recovery.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before engaging in an exercise program.

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