Expert tips: Benefits of exercise for pregnant women can’t be stressed enough

Advice from the clinical director of a specialist pelvic and women’s health physiotherapy clinic

Pelvic floor exercises are important during pregnancy and after birth

Pelvic floor exercises are important during pregnancy and after birth

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Aoibhín McGreal is the founder and clinical director of Vie Physio, a specialist pelvic and women’s health physiotherapy clinic in Co Kildare. In the second of two articles she gives some advice and tips for pregnancy and the postnatal period.

– The benefits of exercise for pregnant women can’t be stressed enough. It helps to: control weight-gain, reduce high blood pressure, improve sleep and improve mood. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week, ideally spread out. Moderate intensity means that you might be slightly out of breath but can continue a conversation.

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