Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good for You - and for Baby; How Much Exercise Is It Safe to Do While Pregnant? RUTH LYNCH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Good for You - and for Baby; How Much Exercise Is It Safe to Do While Pregnant? RUTH LYNCH Reports

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KHLOE KARDASHIAN recently hit out at internet trolls who said she shouldn't be weight training whilst six months pregnant.

Replying to comments on her social media posts, showing her and her sister Kim working out in the gym, she said: "For the ones who think they are physicians all of a sudden. But MY doctor and I communicate and my workouts are cleared and highly recommended."

And the reality star is right to speak out. Exercise in pregnancy is not only safe, it comes highly recommended.

The fitter you are going into and during your pregnancy, the easier it will be to cope with giving birth and getting back into shape afterwards.

Contrary to what the internet trolls say, exercise during pregnancy isn't dangerous - however there are safe ways to move that every expectant mum should follow.

Do... KEEP MOVING: When you're pregnant it can be tempting to slow right down (especially if you don't feel too great), however it's better for you (and baby) to keep up your normal daily activities for as long as you feel comfortable.

If you're already used to exercise, then keep up with what you're doing. However, if you aren't very active don't go straight into a strenuous workout - start slowly and talk to your GP, maternity team and qualified fitness professionals about the best ways to get moving.

DAILY DOSE: When you're pregnant a minimum of half an hour of walking a day is recommended, but if you can't manage that, any movement is better than none. Your GP and sports professionals can advise on ways to add movement into your day, whatever your fitness level.

TIME TO TALK: When you're pregnant you need to be mindful of how far you're pushing yourself. As a good rule, if you can still hold a conversation while exercising, then you're at the right level. If talking becomes hard, drop the intensity.

CLASS ACT: There are some specific pregnancy exercise classes, such as aqua natal and yoga, that focus on exercises to help keep you strong during pregnancy and birth.

However, lots of classes are suitable if you're expecting - just make sure that your instructor is qualified, that you tell them you're pregnant and you let them know how pregnant you are.

WATER BABIES: Swimming is a great exercise when you're pregnant, especially in the later months, as the water Careful workouts, especially with a trainer to guide you, will work wonders during and after the pregnancy supports your increased weight. Many pools also offer aqua natal sessions with qualified instructors, and baby swimming classes for once you have given birth.

KEEP IT COOL: When pregnant raising the body temperature too high can be dangerous for you and the baby, so don't work out in hot weather and make sure you keep hydrated, whatever the time of the year.

During the summer months you may need to exercise at the beginning of the day or move to an air-conditioned facility. …

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