The 6 Benefits Of Exercise During & After Pregnancy

Updated: Jul 8, 2021


Musculoskeletal pain is common during pregnancy. Pain during pregnancy commonly occurs due to the effects of the hormone elastin on the musculoskeletal system which allows accommodation of a foetus as your child grows. The effects of elastin last up to 1 year following pregnancy so musculoskeletal pain may present following delivery.


Common pregnancy related conditions include, spinal and pelvic pain together with pelvic floor dysfunction. Lots of our patients are unsure what is safe practice for exercise during this exciting time. This is where a qualified accredited exercise physiologist can help with prescribed safe exercise therapy. Given you are not experiencing any complications; there is no reason why you can’t exercise! Many studies have shown that pre and post natal exercise can not only be performed safely, but can also have huge benefits for both mind, body, and baby.


The 6 main benefits of exercise during pregnancy:


1. Decreased risk of gestational diabetes

2. Improved quality of sleep

3. Decrease risk of preeclampsia (hypertension during pregnancy).

4. Speeds up p