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Expat Health Insurance News: Pregnant women 'should consider safer exercises'

Expectant mothers who are planning to continue working out may wish to consider the safer ways to exercise so they can reduce their likelihood of making a claim on expatriate health insurance policies.

According to personal trainer Louise Whyte, founder of Penelope Fitstar and specialist in post-natal exercise and pregnancy, people who used to jog do not need to stop this activity when they are expecting.

However, they "may want to change the intensity", she claimed.

Therefore, preparing for marathons or trying to beat personal best times "will have to take a back seat" for pregnant females, the expert noted.

Women who have not maintained a running regime before becoming pregnant ought to begin walking regularly, Ms Whyte argued, strongly recommending against these people starting to sprint as part of their workout.

Nonetheless, females who ran regularly before they conceived might not want to give this up, because regular training might give them a sense of wellbeing.

The expert suggested that these individuals choose to run on grass or softer ground, as joints soften during pregnancy and exercising on surfaces such as this will have a smaller negative impact on the body than running on paving.

Women who have any worries or concerns may want to speak to an international healthcare specialist, with Ms Whyte recommending that they seek reassurance about their physical activity from a GP or look for a "fitness instructor qualified to teach pregnant ladies for help and guidance".

Exercise during pregnancy may not only have positive health effects on the woman but could also improve the outcomes of the child, a study has shown.

The research, which was published in the journal Circulation, revealed overweight pregnant females are more likely to give birth to infants that will become unhealthy and fat in adulthood, putting them at risk of suffering from medical complications in their own later life.

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