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Braxton-Hicks • Rest a little more and Braxton-Hicks contractions often dissipate. • Take a warm bath for rapid relief of uncomfortable Braxton-Hicks contractions. • Massage your abdomen gently with light oil when Braxton-Hicks contractions become a little too uncomfortable. Exercise • One of the aims of exercise in pregnancy is to feel and look good. • Exercise helps ensure maximum fitness and have sufficient stamina to see one through labour and birth. • Women who exercise regularly find that they have far less mood swings, tearfulness and even cravings during pregnancy. • Physical fitness ensures less aches and pains in pregnancy because posture is improved, tone of muscles and ligaments maintained better and one’s body is generally stronger. • The final weeks of pregnancy, which are so trying for many women, will feel far easier too if in good shape. • Recovery after birth is far more rapid, as you start from a position of greater strength. • High impact exercise like heavy aerobics and some forms of horse riding carry more risk and should preferably be avoided in pregnancy. • If you have a spotting vaginal discharge or cramps in the lower pelvis, cease all exercise immediately and see your doctor before resuming your programme. • Exercise should suit you as a person and be enjoyable- if you have already found your ideal body movement form, stick to that once you have checked safety. • Warming up gradually at the start of an exercise programme and stretch and relaxation exercises are non-negotiable routines to include. • Never over-exercise as this can be detrimental to pregnancy, make labour more difficult and baby more fretful after birth. • Walking and other forms of exercise like swimming and dancing are excellent for overall strength and posture and can improve ligament pain. • Massage of painful areas using safe oil may provide some relief from pregnancy ligament pain. • Correct posture by pulling in tummy muscles and buttocks, keeping shoulders back and down and slightly tilting the chin upwards when walking, alleviates ligament pain. • Yoga in pregnancy is an excellent form of exercise and strengthens both mind and body. • The control needed in yoga helps tone even the smallest of muscle groups, while keeping an expectant mom optimally supple.


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