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Pregnancy can be combined with physical activity!


There is no question of having to stop all physical activity during pregnancy! On the contrary: sport is recommended. What physical activities can I cope with? There are a few safety rules to observe and then you are away! Get your trainer on!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

You love to jog, dance or swim ... you should remember that these activities are not prohibited if your pregnancy is progressing normally. With the necessary care, they are even essential to help you control your weight gain, to relax and to relieve specific pain (such as backache), to maintain your muscle tone and even to prepare you for birth. However, if your pregnancy has been classified as "risky", your doctor may forbid any physical activity. In all cases, you should first consult your doctor to get accurate advice on the correct process to follow.

What type of sport is recommended during pregnancy?

Sports prohibited during pregnancy are those that have a risk of trauma: group sports (basketball, football, handball), combat sports (judo, boxing), intensive water sports (diving, scuba, surfing). You should also avoid activities with a high risk of falling, such as horse-riding, skiing or roller skating, and road cycling (during the latter part of pregnancy) for example.

Apart from that, all other sports are permitted, provided that you remain within reasonable limits (you are not preparing for a marathon!). The keyword is "moderate". Take gym classes, walk, swim, do yoga or stretching ... in fact, why not take gym or yoga classes specially designed for pregnant women?

If you were a cycling or hiking fan before falling pregnant, you may continue with these activities, just lowering the pace a little and avoiding excessive exertion (i.e. not being able to talk normally while exercising). From the 5th month onward, you should avoid any activities in which you have to lie on your back. The most important aspect is to listen to your body: the moment you are out of breath or feel any pain, you should stop. If your abdomen is proving an obstacle, do not force yourself.

Precautions to be taken

  • Don't exercise on an empty stomach. If necessary, eat a banana, some dried fruit or a cereal bar 30 minutes before. Take along a snack in case you run out of energy.
  • Remember to warm up well and to do some gentle stretching exercises after your session.
  • Opt for loose and breathable clothing. Choose a good pair of trainers and a firm support bra.
  • Drink water at regular intervals, even during exercise.
  • Stop when you feel tired or nauseous or any other warning sign that something is not right.
  • Don't exercise when it is too hot or too humid.

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for pregnant women. Avoid crawl and breast stroke, as this makes you arch your back. Opt for back stroke or antenatal aqua gym, which is ideal for toning and boosting your circulation. Many swimming pools offer this service.



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