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'Exercising during pregnancy should reflect a woman’s previous regime'say Midwives on new research.

2 June, 2015

'Exercising during pregnancy should reflect a woman’s previous regime'say Midwives on new research.

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Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to have gestational diabetes, and this also helps to reduce maternal weight gain, finds a study published today (3 June) in BJOG: an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

 

Mervi Jokinen, Practice and Standards Professional Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "It is important to keep physically active during pregnancy - moderate exercise will not harm the woman or her baby, recreational exercise such as swimming or brisk walking is known to be beneficial and this study appears to show a potential benefit of exercise in reducing the risk of gestational diabetes. We know that there is an increase of this condition in pregnancy amongst obese women.

“The exercise pregnant women take should reflect their previous exercise regime. So for example it would not be appropriate for a woman who has done no exercise for many years to suddenly start running long distances in pregnancy. If women exercised regularly before pregnancy, they should be able to continue with no adverse effects.

“If women have not exercised routinely they should begin with no more than 15 minutes of continuous exercise, three times per week, increasing gradually to daily 30-minute sessions and if they any questions we advise them to talk to their midwife or GP”

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