Pregnancy and Exercise – is it good for baby and mum?


At the beginning of the first lockdown Nadine Dorries, the minister responsible for maternity services, tweeted

“how busy are we going to be nine months from now!”

The statistics since then may prove this not to be the case. In fact, 12 weeks after the 23rd of March, the number of baby scans suddenly fell. At one point, year on year, the number of scans attended by pregnant women was estimated by some sources to be down by over 25%.

Whichever theory may be the case we thought we would share how exercise is good for pregnancy. A topic that is often discussed in a Shapers member consultation, certainly compared with a mixed conventional gym!

Why should we exercise during pregnancy and after our 8 week post natal check…

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It is a common misconception that exercising during pregnancy can be dangerous, painful and risky… At Shapers, we have seen lots of gorgeous healthy babies born after helping their mums through pregnancy and labor…and we LOVE seeing those new born pictures by the way! Of course, there are those pregnancies that are advised not to exercise, and you should always follow your doctor’s advice. 

Exercise during pregnancy for mum can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling. Boost your mood and energy levels and help you sleep better. There are also numerous studies that show that if you exercise during pregnancy your labor can be shortened as well as your recovery time.

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For baby there are lots of new studies emerging that it is good for them too. Linda May’s research (associate professor of foundational science and research at East Carolina University in Greenville) compared the cardiac function of babies born to mothers who had been sedentary or worked out during pregnancy and found that infants whose mothers exercised developed stronger, more athletic hearts even before birth and their pulses were calmer.

If you are currently at home and pregnant there are 3 great callisthenic exercises you can do below.

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My Shapers Team


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