4 fab ways to keep fit when you’re pregnant

Staying in shape for an easier birth is a cinch with these effortless exercise routines.

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Lacing up your sports shoes to work up a sweat is probably the last thing on your mind when you’re pregnant. Common pregnancy pains like an aching back and tingling wrists are enough to make you stay in bed — and binge watch Netflix. 

However, remaining active and doing regular exercise offers countless benefits for you and your growing foetus. Says SmartParents expert, Dr Christopher Chong, a Gleneagles Hospital ob-gyn, “A healthy mummy makes a healthy baby — exercising gives both mother and her developing baby better resistance against infections.”

On top of that, sweating it out regularly promotes postnatal recovery, as well as boosts blood and oxygen circulation. It also minimises the strains of pregnancy-related health issues like swelling, bloating and constipation, Dr Chong adds. Exercising also keeps the extra kilos you may pile on to a minimum, which helps keep gestational diabetes at bay.

“A healthy mummy makes a healthy baby — exercising gives both mother and her developing baby better resistance against infections.”

While you should check with your physician prior to starting a fitness routine, Dr Chong says a good guide is that you feel relaxed and aren’t exhausted after working out. “If you experience severe exhaustion, pains in joints and muscles or abdominal or womb cramps, you are exercising too vigorously.” He suggests simple prenatal exercises you can try…

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