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Healthy weight in pregnancy

Although many people will encourage you to eat for two and "put your feet up" being a healthy weight and exercising reduces the risks of complications.

You should not feel embarrassed or judged about your weight. Health professionals will help support women of all shapes and sizes

It is natural for women to gain weight during pregnancy. This is not just "baby weight", weight consists of

  • Placenta

  • Fluid around the baby

  • Extra blood volume

  • Breast size increase

The national health service recommends that women complete 150minutes of exercise every week during pregnancy.

If you undertake an exercise programme post pregnancy your instructor must be qualified to support pregnant ladies.

Exercise can help with the maintenance of the cardiovascular system and flexibility

Pregnancy reduces the risks of oedema, swelling and varicose veins

Ultimately, healthy weight gain during pregnancy is completely normal. However, exercising will help maintain a healthy weight and reduce a variety of complications

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