Some say that pregnancy is likerunning a marathon: it takes a lot ofstamina to make it to the finish line.
Physical activity can help make thenine-month journey easier—and youdon’t need to actually run a marathonto enjoy the benefits. Research showsmoderate exercise during pregnancycan help to ease discomfort, reducethe risk of complications and stressand boost your energy.
“The physical benefits of fitnessand exercise are the same as they arefor women who aren’t pregnant,” saysDr. Suzanne Tough, who is funded by
Move your body
Moderate physical activity can help
you stay healthy during pregnancy
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions(AIHS) and is the scientific directorof Alberta Health Services’ Maternal,Newborn, Child and Youth StrategicClinical Network.
Tough says as long as yourpregnancy is low-risk and you’rereceiving regular prenatal care,nothing is stopping you from beingactive during pregnancy. Physicalactivity is good for both you andyour baby.
She does, however, warn women to
be careful with demanding exercise
(such as marathons or popular cross-
training programs). The Society of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
of Canada recommends avoiding
activities that increase the risk of
falling such as skiing, cycling or
climbing. Pregnant women first need
to discuss exercise and activity
with their health-care provider.
The Canadian Society for ExercisePhysiology recommends thefollowing FITT tips for physicalactivity:
Frequency: begin at three times aweek and build up to four timesa week.
Exercising when pregnant can boost energy, reduce complications and ease
discomfort and stress.