And learning the happy news may soon be replaced with anxious what now questions – particularly around the issue of physical exertion.
And since exercise is an essential component of staying healthy during pregnancy, knowing exactly what is safe and what is not becomes a huge question mark.
We've pooled everything you need to know, from how much exercise is too much, benefits, and kinds of exercises in one easy to access page.
Scaling back on your normal routine can be challenging when pregnant. Here are some tips on how to keep doing what you love without harming your baby. By Amy Froneman
Exercise during pregnancy, while healthy for both mother and baby, has only a minor impact on an infant's birth weight. By Joene Hendry, Reuters
Here's how to stay safe while exercising while pregnant. By Amy Froneman
Osteopathy is one way to address those achy-breaky muscles and joints. By Dr. Guy Ashburner
Your weight gain during pregnancy could affect your baby. By Amy Norton
The benefits of exercise
How exercise benefits mom and baby. By Amy Froneman
There are countless benefits to keeping fit during pregnancy, not only for you as a mom, also for your baby. By Tracey Hawthorne
Dos and Don'ts
Some exercises that are good for you while pregnant. By Amy Froneman
You want to do the best you can for you and your growing baby, but you've been bombarded with mixed messages. What exercises can you do? Should you stretch? We've simplified it for you. By Schalk van der Merwe, Biokineticis, Your Pregnancy
Training by trimester
These exercises will get you and your baby off to a happy, healthy nine months. Your Pregnancy
These easy exercises will ensure that you get an essential 30-minutes-a-day workout to keep you and baby healthy through the second trimester. Your Pregnancy
Staying active can be hard when you're pregnant but it's not impossible!
Squeeze and... release, over and over again. By Hilda Geyer
Firm up and tone your pelvic floor muscles with Kegel exercises. Your Pregnancy
One wrong move and you can end up in pain. Our biokineticist tells us how to get up, bend down and move around safely. By Schalk van der Merwe, Biokineticis, Your Pregnancy
Workout routines: Pilates, running, weight training and more
Regardless of your mileage while running for two, these moves will keep you strong before and after delivery. Runner's World magazine
What to expect when you’re expecting and what to be aware of post-birth — and how to deal with it all.
Being pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to stop your weight or circuit training. YP offers practical advice on safe gym training.
Your core stomach muscles will play a big role during labour. How can you exercise this area safely?
An easy way to stay active in pregnancy is with Pilates: a mind/body way of exercising that works on the most important muscles that you will use during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
As your belly expands, keeping up with regular exercise becomes a challenge. Feel the bliss of slipping into the pool for a weightless water workout.
Get your body ready for the strains that breastfeeding can sometimes put on it.
Easy exercises for strong, toned limbs in every pregnant woman.
Here's how to start your pregnancy fitness journey.
Taking a stroll is more beneficial than you may think.
Do these quick exercises to prepare your muscles for the work of carrying and nurturing a baby.
Pregnancy causes huge changes to your body, and you're going to feel certain strains. Here are some exercises to help beat aches of pregnancy.
Stretching exercises can be very beneficial during pregnancy, improving strength, stamina, suppleness and relaxation. Here are a few stretching techniques.
If practised correctly prenatal yoga can help you have a natural birth and a stress-free pregnancy.
Yoga during my pregnancy and labour helped me feel more focused, says this mom of 2.
Simple and easy yoga poses to try in the comfort of your own home.
Yoga is a good way to prepare your body for birth. Whether you are completely new to yoga or have done it before, check with your doctor or midwife before you begin. Here are some tips.
The benefits of physical fitness for birth and post-birth recovery.
“Knowing I was strong helped me beat the fear of birth.” Tash King shares her pregnancy workout plan with us.
Fitter than ever, this mom-to-be did not let pregnancy slow her down too much.
Yoga enthusiast mom releases remarkable pregnancy time-lapse video.
“I did a yoga class the day before I gave birth.” Adelline Malema shares her yoga journey before, during and after her pregnancy.
Fitness model shows that healthy pregnancies look different on all women.
A mom reveals her secret to keeping off the baby weight.
Pregnant and a professional ballet dancer, Sarah King proves that anything is possible when you’re expecting.
Try these tips to remain active safely while doing the chores at home.
Three simple steps to keep you healthy.
Talking occupational therapy with Lesego Mashishi-Matlala.
Swimming is extremely beneficial during pregnancy. Here are some tips to get you off the starting block.
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