Pre and post-natal exercise 'should be maintained'

20 January 2012

Pregnant women who have gone through IVF fertility treatment should maintain a steady exercise routine during and after birth, according to one specialist.

Vicky Warr, pregnancy and postnatal fitness specialist, suggested that women should ensure they stay active throughout their nine months of pregnancy and make sure that when they do exercise they can still hold a conversation.

"You don't want to be heavily panting. People will find they get out of breath much more quickly when they are pregnant due to the amount of blood that is pumping through the body," she said.

Ms Warr also mentioned that gentle cardiovascular exercise is important for keeping a good heart rhythm, while core conditioning activities such as yoga and pilates are good for training the muscles and making sure the abdominal muscles and pelvis are strong.

Nutritional therapist Charlotte Watts recently suggested that yoga exercises are vital for aligning the pelvic muscles ready for the strain of labour.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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