Many women will abstain from exercise during pregnancy, but is this the right choice?
What does the research say?
A new study has found for the first time in non-obese women, that exercising during pregnancy protects offspring from obesity later in life.
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Dr Daghni Rajasingam (obstetrician and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists), says:
There are many benefits for the mother-to-be, including weight maintenance, improving sleep and mood, helping to cope with labour, and reducing high blood pressure. At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week, in bouts of at least 10 minutes, based on fitness level and comfort, is advised throughout pregnancy.
Rajasingam recommends seeking medical advice first, especially for women with health conditions.
What type of exercise?
For Exercise During Pregnancy, keep it low impact. The goals should not be geared to personal bests or record timings. Avoid any exercise that leaves you overly breathless.
They should listen to their body and only do what feels right for them. You may not be able to push yourself as hard as you could before.
– Charlie Launder of the personal training service Bumps & Burpees
Contact sports such as kickboxing or judo should be avoided, while activities with a risk of falling, such as horse riding, gymnastics and cycling, should be approached with caution. Camilla Lister, a personal trainer who specialises in prenatal and postnatal fitness, says there are a lot of misconceptions about what can and can’t be done safely during pregnancy that do not apply to everyone.
What are the benefits?
As well as the above mentioned reduction in your child’s likelihood of obesity, there are also therapeutic effects for the mother. When exercising this helps to regulate the hormones better in the body, reducing symptoms of pregnancy such as aches, fatigue, unwanted weight gain and nausea. This overall improved vitality will also help an easier birth, with more active mothers reporting shorter labours.
How can Upper Cervical Chiropractic help?
Here in Singapore, Vitality Chiropractic Centres is the first to specialise in Upper Cervical care. This is the correction for mis-alignments, known as Subluxations, in the top of the neck, where the spine meets the skull. This are is especially important as it contains the brain-stem, the communicator for the brain and the body. If this are malfunctions then the body may not get the proper healing messages, resulting in problems during pregnancy. This time is extremely important for a fully functioning nervous system (brain-stem) as the body is already under so much of a challenge to grow your new little treasure!
All our techniques are focused on the neck and require no pressure on the stomach to achieve results.
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Shaan Rai (Chiropractic, Singapore)
Shaan (UK) is based in Singapore. He is a GCC registered Singapore Chiropractor, completing a 5 year course at AECC, attaining his Masters in Chiropractic. His career has been specialised in neurological cases, such as migraines and vertigo. He is the Chairman for Outreach and Charity for Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) and is a founder of Vitality Chiropractic Singapore and the NeuroPro method, combining Upper Cervical techniques with Functional Neurology Rehab.