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    What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?

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  • Dr Rajeswari Nair

    Gynaecologist, Obstetrician

    Dr Rajeswari Nair is a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist practising in almost all aspects of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Dr Nair was a fellow of Maternal-Fetal … View Profile

    I’m sure that many of you exercised on a regular basis before your pregnancy. So there is no reason for you not to continue with this. Regular exercise will keep you fit, helping your body cope with the physical demands of growing a baby. It's safe and healthy to exercise throughout all three trimesters of your pregnancy. It’s not surprising that pregnancy can leave you feeling tired and fatigued. Exercise can help relieve you from some of the pain or backache that you may be experiencing. In addition, exercise can help prepare you for childbirth, by providing you with the stamina and strength for delivery. It may also help prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy. The benefits are not only physical. When you exercise your brain releases endorphins which positively enhance your mood. You may also find you sleep better.

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