Why Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Matter

02 January 2021
Volume 29 · Issue 1

With the rapid technological and medical advancements currently taking place, more information on nutrition and exercise is being discovered, including information revolving around pregnancy. Rehana Jawadwala, the founder of MummyYoga, wrote this beautifully written compact edition of ‘Why Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Matter’, where she offers in-depth advice, physician-backed research and tips on how to undergo a healthy pregnancy, labour and postnatal lifestyle.

Jawadwala began her book by speaking with a leading physician about exercise during pregnancy, and discovered that women who are less active during their pregnancy often endure more severe labour than those who maintain a steady physical regiment. This research became the stepping stone for her book, where she further breaks down the physical changes the body undergoes during pregnancy and explains how exercise may be difficult to accomplish but how the benefits are worthwhile. As someone who has never personally experienced pregnancy, I found it extremely interesting to learn how the posture and centre of gravity changes because of how the uterus sits and how this can cause certain muscles to work harder and others to become weakened.

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