Physical wellbeing

There are several things you can do to improve your physical wellbeing before you have a baby. You can improve your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy by following the advice provided. 

All adults should do some type of physical activity every day. The more active and fit you are in pregnancy the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain.  

You will find it beneficial if you can:  

  • Aim to be physically active every day. Any activity is better than none, and more is better still. 
  • Do strengthening activities that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week. 
  • Do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. 
  • Reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity. 

If you are planning to get pregnant and you are already active, it is safe to carry on with your exercise. 

If you want to start exercising and get fit before getting pregnant, you should make sure the type of intensity of your activity is appropriate for your level of fitness.  

More online information and resources on various topics: 

Live well - exercise ( - Exercise guidelines and workouts to help improve your fitness and wellbeing.

Keeping well - exercise ( - Information from the NHS about exercise in pregnancy

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