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Maternity: Exercise is Good For You
Pregnancy in the Fitness Generation. Your tummy needn't be an obstacle to keeping fit - in fact it will do your baby good! Exercise gives you a positive attitude towards your body: it makes you more physically aware, stimulates your circulation and increases your oxygen supply.
A little exercise will make you better able to cope with the strain of birth. True, it takes a bit of will power, but it will make you feel better and give you energy and a sense of wellbeing. As long as you feel well and don't experience any pain or dizziness, there is virtually nothing you can't do (be reasonable and responsible).
The ideal way to exercise during pregnancy is in the water. This takes the weight off your joints, spinal column and muscles. It also gets your blood fowing, stabilizes your circulation and makes you breathe more deeply, all of which has a beneficial effect on your baby.
Our Tip: The best exercise right up to the birth itself is water-based exercise such as "aqua-aerobics". The water takes your weight and eases the strain on your back, joints and muscles. Swimming gets your blood flowing, stimulates your circulation and makes you breathe more deeply.