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Jogging eases pregnancy pain

Jogging eases pregnancy pain

Ensuring you have as pain free a pregnancy as possible all starts before you even conceive, according to new research.

Women who participate in jogging or aerobics classes are the most likely to swerve pelvic pain, something which is believed to affect one in five pregnant women.

According to the study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercising between three and five times a week before trying for a baby helped cut pelvic pain in pregnancy by 14 per cent.

The pain, which is also known as pelvic girdle pain, occurs when the body makes way for a developing baby by moving the joints in the pelvis unevenly and changing the way muscles support the joints in the pelvis.

Researchers, including some from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, examined data from women taking part in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study.

Pelvic girdle pain was reported in 4,069 women during pregnancy. Of these, 12.5 per cent had not exercised before conceiving.

Women who exercised three to five times a week pre-pregnancy had a 14 per cent lower risk of developing pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy compared to non-exercisers.

“Taking part in high impact exercises such as running, jogging, orienteering, ball games, netball games and high-impact aerobics were associated with less risk of pelvic girdle pain,” the researchers said. “Women who exercise regularly and engage in high-impact exercises before the first pregnancy may have a reduced risk of pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy.”

All the female participants were asked during their 17th week of pregnancy to describe what types of exercise they carried out and how often in the three months before becoming pregnant. Then, in their 30th week, they were asked about the levels of pain and how frequent they occurred.

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