Exercise and working

Exercise in pregnancy

Exercise is very good for you during pregnancy and should you begin or continuing a moderate course of exercise during pregnancy, it is not associated with known harm to mother or the baby. You should inform your instructor that you are pregnant before the start of any class or session and they can tailor the workout to be safe for you. Something to bear in mind is that pregnancy hormones will soften your muscles so you may find your muscles ache more after doing exercise and you should avoid working abdominal muscles as your uterus will soon be filling that space. For more advice see information provided by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).


It is usually safe for you to continue working during pregnancy unless your job involves any potentially dangerous occupational hazards. If you are concerned your job may be hazardous then check out the information from the health and safety executive. Your employer may deem it necessary for you to have a health and safety assessment once you are pregnant to ensure that your working conditions are appropriate for you. For further information about your rights and benefits in pregnancy ask your midwife for a ‘parents guide to money’ or visit Directgov – the government’s website about your legal rights.