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Healthy pregnancy by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Infinite Ideas

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6. Work it, baby!

Exercise in pregnancy – is it safe? How to carry on with your exercise programme as you grow.

Even if you are not exactly an athlete, it is likely that some form of exercise has become part of your life. So why should pregnancy change all that?

An exercise programme can make you feel as though you are taking positive steps to improve your health and that can help to boost your self-esteem. Gentle exercise can help you to minimise the irritations of pregnancy. It can ease backaches by strengthening the muscles in your back and thighs, and it can reduce the likelihood of constipation by encouraging movement in your intestines. Exercise releases the natural ‘happy chemicals’ endorphins that can increase your sense of wellbeing. ...

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