Exercise during pregnancy is generally not only safe, but also vital
– especially if the mother-to-be had an exercise routine before the pregnancy.
Should a woman decide to start exercising when she becomes pregnant, it may be advisable to consult with a personal trainer or other suitably qualified person to assist. An exercise programme should be tailored to ensure a moderate increase in heart rate that does not exceed 140bpm whilst exercising. Ideally, heart rate should be within a range of 120 – 130 beats per minute whilst exercising.
Being active will help control weight gain and keep it within recommended limits. This will complement a healthy eating pattern as it is vital to eat all the right foods to ensure sufficient nutrient intake for mother and baby, but minimal activity/exercise combined with the amount of food required to achieve optimum nutritional status, may result in excess weight gain in some very inactive women.