Aboriginal - physical activity during and after pregnancy
Aboriginal; pregnancy; exercise; physical; activity; walking; swimming; aerobic; bike; stretching;
Physical activity will help you:
- cope with labour and caring for your newborn baby.
- recover faster after childbirth.
- return to pre-pregnancy weight and fitness.
- be less stressed.
Check with your doctor or midwife first to make sure it is okay for you to be active, especially if you:
- have high blood pressure
- are having twins
- have been told you may have your baby early
- have not been physically active for some time.
If you haven't been physically active, start slowly (like 15 minutes) and slowly increase.
Pay special attention to your body.
- Make sure you STOP if it hurts.
- Drink lots of water before, during and after exercise.
- Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes (not thongs).
- Be active in the cooler parts of the day or in air conditioning.
- Stretch, warm up and cool down.
Recommended activities during pregnancy
- Using an exercise bike.
- Some types of exercise classes (let your instructor know that you are pregnant).
- Gently stretching.
- Swimming and water aerobics.
Recommended activities after your baby is born
Once your doctor or midwife says you can be active again, try:
- brisk walking (push your baby in the pram)
- low impact aerobics
- bike riding.
Breastfeeding your baby
If you are breastfeeding, be active after breastfeeding when your breasts are not so full and heavy. A good bra helps you feel comfortable.
The information in this topic is attributed to ©State of Queensland (Queensland Health)
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see your doctor or midwife.