The best exercises if you're pregnant

5 great types of exercise in pregnancy

The following activities are considered safe for healthy pregnant women with no medical restrictions:

Prenatal yoga and prenatal Pilates

Yoga and Pilates teach breathing, encourage stretching, and helps reduce stress. If at all possible, opt for classes that are designed specifically for pregnant women. These classes often teach modified poses that accommodate a pregnant woman's growing body and shifting balance.

Swimming

A great low-impact activity for women who enjoy being in the water. Swimming laps or taking classes is a great way to add resistance to a full-body workout with little to no impact to your joints.

Elliptical and stationary bike

These machines offer a full range of motion for your legs and a great cardio workout for mothers-to-be, without the heavy impact that comes with running on the pavement or treadmill.

Walking

Brisk walking gives a total body workout and is easy on the joints and muscles.

Body weight and light strength moves

Continuing a weight lifting and body strengthening programme while pregnant is a great way to stay strong and fit for the end of your pregnancy and delivery.

The key here is to lighten the weights (or for some exercises just use your body weight) and not strain too much. Exercises like squats (bodyweight), push-ups against the wall, rows, and arm exercises are a few examples of moves that are safe to keep doing.

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