Our expert answers your questions on exercise during pregnancy

Following a healthy lifestyle is always a good idea, but staying fit and eating right while you are trying to conceive and during your pregnancy is especially important. You’ve got quite a journey in front of you and it’ll be a much smoother one if you are feeling your best.

Exercise doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, excessive while pregnant. Keeping up a gentle to moderate workout routine, depending on your level of fitness before you became pregnant, is great for you and the baby.

Pregnant.sg fitness expert, Your Fitness Singapore founder and personal trainer, Deepa Primalani, is here to explain more:

Why should pregnant women exercise?

“Pregnancy, despite all its joy, can be a stressful time for a woman. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which reduce your perception of pain and help you to have a more positive outlook to life.

“Facts and opinions on how exercise affects pregnancy and pregnant women have greatly changed over the years. The majority of doctors today recommend exercise during pregnancy. It helps with general physical fitness and a much more comfortable pregnancy, and possibly a shorter and less painful delivery.

Editors Tip

Deepa: 'Exercise also helps relieve the mental and emotional stress a woman goes through during pregnancy.'

“There are many benefits to pregnancy exercise, both physical and psychological. Exercise has been proven to help many of the common discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea and vomiting, tiredness and fatigue, tender breasts, groin spasms or round ligament pain, constipation, gas and hemorrhoids, backaches, sciatic nerves, headaches, hypertension or anxiety, edema, dizziness, abdominal and leg cramps, varicose veins and insomnia.

“Pregnancy exercise also helps with confidence and self-esteem. Many of us women develop negative perceptions of our bodies as we experience changes in size and shape. Pregnant women who exercise tend to develop a more positive attitude when it comes to their body, and life in general.”

How do I get started with exercise, now that I’m pregnant?

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