Your Guide to Running Through the Trimesters

Your Guide to Running Through the Trimesters


The Must guide if you are Pregnant and wish to continue running.

Endorsed by Dr Ferriman Consultant obstetrician at The Jessop wing Sheffield

Running through the trimesters

Key points: 

Physical activity during pregnancy is safe for women with uncomplicated pregnancies and should be actively encouraged by all health care professionals as part of a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.

 Recommendations are in line with those of the general population, with at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily.

Regularly active women prior to pregnancy can continue to exercise until close to their due date but will naturally slow down as the pregnancy progresses.

The aim of continuing to exercise during pregnancy is to stay fit rather than to reach peak fitness.

There are many benefits to exercising during pregnancy and the common complaints, including fatigue, backache, varicose veins, swelling, stress, anxiety and depression are reduced in women who exercise.

 Regular exercise may help prevent medical conditions such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.

 Women who exercise regularly during pregnancy maintain a more positive body image and attitude towards themselves, their pregnancies, and their forthcoming labour and birth.

There is evidence to suggest that weight -bearing exercise can help exercising mums cope in labour needing less pain relief than women who don’t exercise.

Exercise helps improve the health of the baby by improving oxygen flow to the placenta, and allows the baby to tolerate labour better than those of non-exercisers.

There is no evidence to suggest that exercising regularly will result in miscarriage, premature rupture of membranes, premature labour or a low birth weight baby.


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