“During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, exercise maybe the last thing on your mind.” Says Dr. Siti Saleha, Senior Specialist of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Royal Bahrain Hospital. “However, staying physically active can make your pregnancy easier.”
According to Dr. Siti, exercise can strengthen the muscles used in labor and delivery, lessen some of the discomfort of pregnancy, give you more energy and make you feel better. The American College of Obstetrician & Gynecology recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily during pregnancy.
Most doctors will agree on one thing, and that is that the type of exercises you can do depend on your health and how active you were prior to pregnancy. However, this is a dangerous time to take up a new and exciting sport states Dr. Siti, “Although, swimming, walking, Pilates, yoga, and low impact aerobics (designed for pregnant ladies) are okay in moderation.”
“However, do remember in pregnancy that your center of gravity shifts and your balance changes. This may put you to a greater risk of falls.” She advises, asking pregnant women to remember to avoid getting heated (so limit outdoor exercise in hot weather), avoid activities that make women tired or have a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma, and be sure to drink loads of water and wear good support shoes and bra.
Safe well planned exercises during pregnancy will lead to a healthier pregnancy and a quicker post-pregnancy recuperation time. Dr. Siti’s final thought? “I will advise any pregnant woman out there to exercise, but if you are having complications during pregnancy, you will need to consult your obstetrician.”
Dr. Siti Saleha is the Senior Specialist of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Royal Bahrain Hospital. To book your appointment, call 17246800 or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com