Exercise during pregnancy? Yup, it can get your blood pumping, as well as strengthen your heart and lungs, although you’ll need to modify the steps.
Avoid big movements such as jumping and high kicking, warns Caroline Chua, senior physiotherapist with the rehabilitation department at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
This is not because it could impact your unborn baby – he’s actually very well-padded in your tummy – but because it puts excess stress on and could even permanently damage your ligaments and joints, which loosen during pregnancy.
Follow these low-impact exercises by Caroline. Start with five minutes for each set and gradually work your way up by five-minute increments if you’re feeling up to it.
Don’t forget to consult your doctor before you start, too.