Exercising during pregnancy is safe and extremely beneficial for most women. At certain times during pregnancy some activities should be avoided however, so it is always best to check with your doctor or midwife before starting an activity and ideally work with a qualified prenatal fitness specialist. Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to develop serious complications, or experience aches and pains. As an added bonus, their labours tend to be shorter and are less likely to end in a caesarean section! Babies also seem to benefit from pre-natal exercise as they are tend to experience less distress during delivery. Exercise makes you both stronger, and ready to cope the physical demands of labour and delivery. Exercising after delivery is important to regain abdominal, core and pelvic floor strength. You will be putting lots of new physical stresses on your body caring for your baby, so it’s important to have strong arms, legs and back while the rest of your body slowly returns to its pre-pregnancy state. Organized mom and baby exercise classes are a great way to get out of the house and meet other new parents.