Exercise During Pregnancy in Melbourne

It is wise to engage in light exercise throughout the duration of your pregnancy. It is recommended to engage in 30-40 minutes of gentle exercise during pregnancy 3-4 times a week.

At Western Specialist Centre in Melbourne, your obstetrician can discuss with you the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and help plan a routine that is right for you. If it is safe to do so, exercise during a routine pregnancy can yield many benefits, for example:

  • Maintaining your fitness
  • Assisting with weight control
  • Strengthening of your back and abdominal muscles
  • Improving sleep and aiding symptoms of fatigue
  • Preventing constipation
  • Prepare your body for labour and childbirth

Options for exercise during pregnancy:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Pilates and yoga structured specifically for pregnancy
  • Exercises designed to strengthen your abdominal, lower back and pelvic floor muscles
  • Bicycle riding

Warnings for Exercise During Pregnancy

Your obstetrician will discuss with you the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, though we may advise against exercise in some cases such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Placenta praevia
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Pelvic instability

Warnings about exercise during pregnancy: 

  • We recommended avoiding any sports where there is a likelihood to fall or receiving any abdominal impact
  • In any water-based exercise, the water should not be heated above 28 degrees Celsius
  • Remain hydrated, drinking water before, after and during exercise
  • Do not increase your heart rate over 120 bpm
  • Do not overdo it, and stop and rest immediately if you feel faint or breathless

A doctor should be contacted immediately if any over the following occurs after exercise:

  • Any fluid or blood leakage from the vagina
  • A rapid heartbeat or chest pain
  • Uterine contractions
  • Pain in the vagina, abdomen or pelvis
  • A decrease in foetal movements

Contact Western Specialist Centre in Melbourne for more information about exercise during pregnancy.