Mother and Baby

Pregnant Women Put Off Exercise Because Of Safety Worries

Are you reluctant to continue working out now that you’re pregnant? You’re not alone…

Mums-to-be are avoiding doing exercise because of confusion and bad information about which exercises are safe during pregnancy, new research has found.

A study, conducted by baby charity Tommy’s, discovered that a number of reasons put pregnant women off exercise. Of the 1,000 pregnant women and new mums polled, one in four women claimed to be put off exercise because they believed it can cause a miscarriage and one in eight thought it brought on premature labour.

One in four women claimed to be put off exercise because they believed it can cause a miscarriage

One in three of the women said they received conflicting advice from health professionals about what they should and shouldn’t do and three in five heard different advice from friends and family to that of their midwife. 

‘Exercise in pregnancy is a confusing and controversial topic and we answer calls every day from women who want to keep active but don’t know what’s safe and what’s best for them,’ says Tommy’s PregnancyLine midwife Jules Robertson.

‘Whatever your fitness level, in the vast majority of pregnancies exercise is helpful not just for you but also for your baby, easing everything from tiredness and aches and pains to reducing the chances of complications during pregnancy and labour,’ she continues.

To help educate pregnant women in the benefit of exercise, Tommy’s has teamed up with Dr Hilary Jones to create a short online film. Covering what you can and can’t do during pregnancy, the film’s aimed at women who want to keep up their existing routine or get fit for the first time.

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