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Mumsworld Pregnancy Calendar Week 26

Exercising during your pregnancy can really help you to stretch some of those achy muscles but it's important not to overdo it!

Your baby's development

Your baby is about to embark on a major growth spurt. Between now and 29 weeks, there will be all sorts of changes. Right now, your baby is about 36cm long and weighs approximately 640g – so you should feel their movements every day. 

If your baby was born early, their lungs would be ready to breathe but still have a lot of developing to do, and their heart-rate is on average around 150bpm – a little higher for boys and a little lower for girls.

You and your body

Doing some exercise during pregnancy will help you adapt to your changing shape and weight. And the really good news is that it'll help you during labour and get you back into shape after the baby's born.

Remember never to exhaust yourself, and you may need to take it easier as you get bigger – but exercise needn't be too strenuous for you to feel the benefit. Doing a daily amount of low-impact exercise like walking can help you stay active. Swimming is also a great idea, as the water can support your increased weight.

At this point, avoid strenuous exercises or activities especially during warm weather. Discuss with your health care professional what exercise fits you at this stage.. Drink plenty of fluid.

Did you know?

Dried fruit can be a great source of vitamins and minerals. A handful of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds will give you an extra boost of zinc and protein.