Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do for your health. This is still the case when you are pregnant/hapū. There is plenty of evidence that regular physical activity is good for you.
Some of the health benefits of exercise include:
- controlling your weight
- preventing health conditions, such as diabetes
- improving mood
- boosting energy
- promoting better sleep
- putting the spark back into your sex life
- having fun.
You should still be able to exercise when pregnant/hapū. In fact, moderate aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities are considered safe and are encouraged as long as you don’t have some underlying health conditions. Not only does regular exercise help you cope with the changes that your body goes through when you become hapū/pregnant, it increases the likelihood of giving birth to a healthy baby and can speed up your recovery after birth.
Benefits of physical activity and exercise in pregnancy include:
- improving heart and lung strength and stamina, which can help you cope with labour
- building muscular strength to help you carry your baby
- improving your posture and reducing backache
- improving blood circulation and reduce the risk of varicose veins
- boosting your mood
- enhancing your recovery after birth.
Physical activity or exercise during pregnancy can reduce the risk of: