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When you're expecting, it's important to keep moving: Pregnant women who exercise have less back pain, more energy, a better body image and, post-delivery, a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape.

If you exercised regularly before getting pregnant and your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you can most likely continue working out as before, with modifications as noted below. In some cases it's not okay to exercise during pregnancy, though, so talk to your doctor or midwife about your fitness routine to make sure your activities don't put you or your baby at risk.

If you didn't work out much before conceiving, see our pregnancy exercise guide for beginners, and talk to your healthcare provider.
Exercise burns calories, so make sure to eat well to help nourish and strengthen your body. While you're pregnant, you'll naturally gain weight as your baby grows. The amount you'll need to gain will vary based on your pre-pregnancy weight.
Your doctor will monitor your weight as your pregnancy progresses and can help you figure out how to keep your weight gain on track through diet and exercise.

Below is a check list to follow on excising;

1. Check with your healthcare provider first
2. Take in extra calories
3. Steer clear of dangerous sports
4. Wear the right clothes
5. Warm up
6. Drink plenty of water
7. Don't lie flat on your back
8. Keep moving
9. Don't overdo it
10. Don't get overheated
11. Get up from the floor slowly
12. Cool down
13. Make it a habit

Author: Dr Chaminda Kandauda

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