Exercise is essential for a healthy and balanced lifestyle – we know that.

But what are the benefits of moderate, low intensity exercise during your pregnancy and postnatal period?


Here, Zoe Cresswell one of our favourite UAE – Pre and Post Natal Personal Trainers and Midwives shares with us reasons why keeping ourselves moving during pregnancy are a must – for those of us with non complicated pregnancies.




Improved circulation – hopefully help to prevent those swollen ankles and fingers


Less leg cramps


Reduces the risk of bloating and constipation – the more unpleasant side effects of pregnancy


Moderate weight gain – normal healthy women should aim to gain around 12kg in their pregnancy


Reduces the risk of lower back pain


Maintenance of cardiovascular fitness – all that hard work wasn’t for nothing


Better coordination and body awareness, your centre of gravity changes with your new body shape


Preparation for labour – you may need some stamina!


Better sleep – always a blessing!


More positive self image


Improved mood


Reduced stress levels


Great way to start to meet other mums


You’re more likely to continue to exercising postnatally if you have been throughout your pregnancy


Faster recovery after birth


Increased self confidence and reduced anxiety


Reduced risk of postnatal depressions


Improved energy and metabolic rate


Improve postural imbalances which have occurred due to your changing body shape


Some much needed ‘you’ time – hoorah!


Meeting other new mums in classes – it’s so important to have a good support network


Children who watch their parents exercise are more likely to lead an active lifestyle themselves


Faster return to your pre pregnancy weight


Helps to repair your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor (if using a trained professional)


You must always check with your doctor that it is safe for you to exercise during your pregnancy and when you can start back again after having your baby. Please always ensure you are training with pre and postnatal specialists. Remember, exercise during your pregnancy is all about maintaining fitness and not becoming fitter. Listen to your body at all times, if it doesn’t feel right then stop.


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