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Exercise during pregnancy 

Exercising during pregnancy is a great way to keep and stay healthy and adapt to your body’s changes. It is safe to exercise during pregnancy as long as your pregnancy is normal and you have no medical or pregnancy problems. If you are unsure or worried that you should not be exercising during pregnancy, please speak to your midwife or GP who can perform a risk assessment and advise you accordingly.

During pregnancy exerciseKeeping active holds many benefits it:

  • Maintains and improves your current fitness levels
  • Reduces risks of developing pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes
  • Helps you to control your weight during pregnancy, increases your self image and body awareness
  • Improves sleep and mood
  • Reduces constipation
  • Improves posture and back pain
  • Strengthens pelvic floor muscles.

Any exercise you have done prior to pregnancy can continue, provided it isn’t a contact activity (like kickboxing for example) and it has been adapted to your trimester of pregnancy – help with this can be provided by a pre/postnatal fitness instructor.

CaptureIf you are new to exercise you can ensure you go for regular walks or swimming to begin to become active and gain benefit from this during and following pregnancy.

The Physical Activity Guideline infographic from the UK Chief Medical Officers' on the left can also be downloaded here

No matter what your current activity level, you should continue to do pelvic floor exercises throughout pregnancy and following the birth of your baby.

There are many pregnancy fitness classes in the area and these can be found on Where are we? | Mumbler Ltd . These can include pregnancy yoga/pilates and aquanatal.

If you are pregnant and experience any vaginal bleeding, abnormal vaginal discharge or leaking fluid from the vagina, feeling dizzy or faint, chest pain, headaches, muscle weakness, calf swelling or pain, regular and painful period type pains or contractions – STOP EXERCISING AND CONTACT THE MATERNITY UNIT YOU ARE BOOKED AT.

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Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  

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Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

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Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.