Maintaining a regular exercise routine in pregnancy can help you feel healthier and happier! According to the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), a moderate course of exercise during pregnancy is not associated with adverse outcomes. (ICOG FOGSI Recommendations for Good Clinical Practice)
Regular physical activity in all phases of life, including pregnancy, promotes health benefits. There is evidence that exercise may also help in the prevention of gestational diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy). (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.)
Exercise during pregnancy helps in better weight control, elevated mood, decreased risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia. It also helps in improved fitness, reduced back pain, stress relief, improved posture, better blood circulation, better sleep quality, less fatigue and increased stamina.
According to a 2011 study, “Aerobic-dance exercise for sedentary pregnant women appeared to be safe and was not associated with any reduction in newborn birth weight, preterm birth rate or neonatal well-being.” (Haakstad & Bø, 2011)
However, exercise during pregnancy has to be carried out under proper observation of a healthcare provider. Heavy exercises are not advised at all during pregnancy and should not be carried out in complicated cases. (Nascimento, Surita, & Cecatti) Safe exercises during pregnancy include swimming, walking and basic yoga taught by a certified yoga trainer.
Therefore, if you already have an exercise routine before you get pregnant, you can continue it as far as it doesn’t strain your body too much for all the benefits it brings you and your baby!