As little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise – think brisk walking, yoga or swimming – during pregnancy can boost your unborn baby’s brain development, according to a 2013 study by researchers at the University of Montreal.
Better still, regular exercise helps your psychological health, and it lowers anxiety and fatigue during pregnancy as well, says Dr Seng Shay Way, a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, and a consultant at Raffles Fertility and Women’s Centre.
If you’ve always been active, continue with your usual workouts like yoga, dancing and walking.
But steer clear of contact sports (such as judo and kickboxing) and exercises with a risk of falling (like cycling and mountain climbing), he advises. When in doubt, check with your doctor.