Exercising When Pregnant – The Ins and Outs

Fiona Couchman postnatal, prenatal

Daily exercise and movement in our lives is so important for our physical and mental wellbeing. There is an enormous amount of research that can be accessed so easily on the internet to validate this fact, which makes exercise and movement in pregnancy vital and just as important.

Every pregnancy is so very different in how the woman feels in her body (from start to finish), and the inherent health and fitness she brings into that pregnancy. In some instances, women aren’t even aware they are pregnant until the 8-12 week mark, and can already be carrying on with their normal exercise and movement regimes.

It’s important to realise that every woman has different fitness levels, ideas about exercise and what their actually physical capacity is. I’ve had pregnant clients that are still doing high intensity exercise up until the 38 week mark of their pregnancy, and some pregnant clients that are having trouble walking around the house because of morning sickness.


Essentially, you have to work with your body and what you are capable of doing, not push yourself because someone you know is training for a marathon when they are pregnant! The reality is, sometimes our pre-conceived ideas don’t match up with what our bodies are doing, so we need to be gentle with ourselves and adapt accordingly.

It’s important to keep checking in with yourself in regards to how your body is handling the exercise you are doing.  Throughout the different trimesters the body is going through enormous internal and external changes, and the exercise you may have been doing in the 1st trimester may not suit your body in the 3rd trimester.

Exercise Considerations When Pregnant

Following are some things to consider when exercising during  pregnancy:

Next Steps

If you are pregnant and considering exercise then book an appointment with us today. We will review your level of fitness, current regime, and the structural health of your body so we can help build a plan that brings maximum benefit and enjoyment during your pregnancy.

We will make sure you have a regime that suits your body and goal. We will also support you throughout your pregnancy to ensure your body is the best it can be so you can rest easy knowing you are doing what is best for both you and the baby.

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your body will let you know what you can and cannot do, but remember, the limitations are only for a period of time, so make sure you enjoy the journey!Dr Fiona
Fiona Couchman

Author: Fiona Couchman

Bachelor of BioMedical Science (BBioMed Sc.) and Masters of Chiropractic (MChiro)

Dr Fiona has extensive Chiropractic experience and expertise. Through chiropractic, she enjoys helping people understand more about the interconnectedness of all of the components of the human body, and how the brain-body connection is so important for optimal healthy functioning.

She also enjoys bike riding, yoga, and multi-day hiking (backpack and all!).