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  • Exercise leads to improved circulation, which in turn can reduce the severity of varicosities (varicose veins).
  • Exercise can enhance muscular balance and strength. Learning proper posture and how to cope with postural shifts during pregnancy are essential to guarding against muscle and joint soreness.
  • Exercise may help reduce swelling and oedema (abnormal swelling) of pregnancy and return mobility to swollen joints.
  • Exercise may ease gastro-intestinal discomforts and constipation.
  • Exercise may reduce muscle cramps.
  • Exercise strengthens abdominal muscles to provide support for the back and contributes to the efficiency of the second stage of labour.
  • If a woman is planning an active birth and wants to adopt alternative positions during labour, she will benefit considerably from exercise.
  • Exercises that include the physical practice of the birth positions and breathing techniques for giving birth, are also beneficial for women who wish to be active participants.
  • Post-partum (after birth) recovery is easier and swifter for women who have exercised prenatally.
  • Exercise gives a woman access to her body. She learns to trust and know her body’s cues.