Although women are often advised to exercise during pregnancy and after birth, there is little information available about the tremendous benefits of physical activity for both mother and baby, or what kinds of exercise are safe and appropriate. In Why Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Matter, Rehana Jawadwala, a sports physiologist and perinatal yoga teacher, looks at the evidence for supporting physical activity in mothers, as well as how women’s physiology changes during pregnancy and after they give birth, answering in detail the questions that mothers and those supporting them may have.
"This book is a great read for anyone pregnant who wants to know more about exercise in pregnancy and the postnatal period. With frequent references to up-to-date evidence-based information, this is a great resource to have to hand! It also highlights the benefits of exercise leading up to birth and how exercise can benefit our bodies as it prepares for labour.
There is great advice in the section on Exercise and Nutrition, giving clear explanations about diet and maintaining energy levels for exercise whilst being pregnant. Information that anyone who is pregnant and wants to continue exercising really wants to know! Plus it also covers information on gut health and microbiome. One of my favourite chapters was Preparing for the physicality of birth, with some great explanations on the body’s physical wellbeing. If you don't mind some medical terminology then it is a very enjoyable, informative book!" Zoe Wright, Midwife and Founder The Real Birth Company
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A thorough insight into the world of perinatal exercise
This little book has been a long time coming. As a prenatal yoga teacher and avid exercise enthusiast, I have long been interested in the facts and research behind exercise in pregnancy during each trimester, and have yet to find book that does not shy away from delving deep into the research whilst also being relatable to the lay person. Jawadala takes us through the vast benefits of exercise through pregnancy for both mum and baby and helps to clarify and reassure any doubts we may have, giving clear evidence and tips along the way. I would highly recommend for anyway interested in pre and postnatal exercise.
Essential Reading to Understand the Exercise is Essential at This Time
This paradigm-shifting book is a must read for expectant and post natal mothers, healthcare providers and those interested in narratives around women's bodies. Rehana, an expert in exercise physiology and nutrition, debunks the patriarchal myths around the fragility of women's bodies and pregnancy being a 'precarious' state. Referencing emerging and established studies she demonstrates that, not only is exercise during and after pregnancy acceptable, it is essential for healthy outcomes for mother and baby physically, mentally and emotionally. This evidence-based and beautifully written book explores both theory and practice, going into depth around each form of exercise, including recommendations, it also touches on nutrition and exercise to support labour itself. I would thoroughly recommend this as a fascinating and practical read and sincerely hope that the core concept becomes the new norm - women no longer have to ask for permission to exercise during and after pregnancy, they can feel assured that it is the best thing for themselves and their child.