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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 really concise and engaging overview

Donna C McParland on 14th Jun 2021

This is not a topic I knew a lot about, but the principles explained in this book give a really great well rounded over view of the topic. Rehana blends scientific knowledge and evidence with balanced discussion and practical advice. Taking you on a journey through pregnancy birth and beyond, helping you to understand the fundamental benefits of exercise for a pregnant person and their baby, and the impact it has on their health and well being. This book sits well in the Why it Matters series , it gives practical information, hints and tips backed up by evidence and research.

Science explained in a readable format.

Gemma Rolfe on 16th Jan 2021

As an older mother who exercised throughout pregnancy, but initially without much information available on the science behind doing so, I was interested to read this book. By the time I’d finished, I had a much greater understanding of why doing so had led to my own positive birth story. As will all of the ‘why … matters’ books, Why Pregnancy and Postnatal exercise matter explains the science behind pregnancy and postnatal exercise, allowing you to make an informed decision based on your own circumstances. Rehana’s writing challenges preconceptions, the inclusion of real women’s voices also allows the reader to empathise with other women’s stories. There is a strong focus on both the mother’s and the baby’s physical and mental health (something than can be missing from traditional literature on pregnancy, which often only focusses on the baby) both during and after pregnancy. This isn’t a weighty test book, instead it’s aimed at both pregnant women and professionals alike in an easy to read, accessible format allowing you to be better informed and therefore better prepared.

A little book that makes a big impact!

Ellie on 17th Nov 2020

This is a really fantastic book for any expectant parent or postnatal Mum. It provides thorough and evidence based guidance and information on not only how to exercise effectively and safely in pregnancy, but also dispels all the myths that you should stop or reduce exercising during this time. I wish I’d had this book prior to having my children. It is accessible and what I love is the fact you can use this book as a point of reference and keep going back to it for the exercises recommended throughout. This book will empower you to tune in to your own body and its amazing capabilities. You will get to understand how exercise offers a multitude of benefits to both mum and baby, not just during the time of pregnancy and the months after, but how exercise during this time will have a positive impact long term too. I really believe this book should be on the shelves of all GP’s offices and should form part of an essential reading list for anyone working with women across the perinatal period so as to carry the message that pregnancy and postnatal exercise really does matter!

Packed full with information

Laura Evans on 10th Nov 2020

As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Health Visitor I found this book a very interesting read. It's packed full of evidence based information and is written in a way that you can read it in bite sized chunks. It's suitable for both Health Professionals (or those who work in the pregnancy/ childbirth field) and also mothers themselves. It takes you on a journey from pregnancy to motherhood and gives you practical tips on incorporating exercise into your daily life. Exercise is often an area that's glossed over by Health Care Professionals with the standard recommendation of '150 minutes of weekly exercise' but now I have the knowledge to discuss why exercise is important and offer practical tips on how mothers can continue to stay active in pregnancy and the postnatal period. I have already recommended this book to my antenatal clients who love it just as much as I do!

Concise and informative

Elaine on 25th Oct 2020

This little book is deceptive! Despite its size it is full of evidence based information supplemented with the author's personal and professional experience. I teach both pregnancy and post natal yoga and this book will be a welcome way to inform and reassure those coming to class with questions as to how safe the practice is and what the physical benefits could be. I was pleased to see that a lot of what I feel and teach instinctively is actually backed up evidence while still having quite a few lightbulb moments. Thank you Rehana for pulling all this evidence together!

A gem of a book for all exercise enthusiasts in pregnancy & those who support pregnant women

Debra Seery on 24th Oct 2020

Despite it's size this book provides a wealth of insight into the vast benefits of exercise to both mother and baby, so much so, we can no longer ignore the research that Rehana draws upon so well throughout. As a prenatal specialist I found this book a welcome breath of fresh air, debunking the many long held myths and apprehension around physical activity during pregnancy and aims to change the conversation for the benefit of all! This book is a must for all pregnant women especially for those who wish to remain active and are looking for a fresh evidence based approach to maximising the health of their pregnancy. This book also calls out to health professionals to step into their role as influencers of physical activity during pregnancy and recognise the importance for maternal health.

Fantastic and informative

Gemma on 21st Oct 2020

As a midwife I think this book is absolutely fantastic. It should be read by not only those who are pregnant but also by those who care for people during pregnancy, birth and early pregnancy. It inspires and supports you to exercise throughout pregnancy and after your baby is born with tips, techniques and knowledge that reassure and empower you to know that you are doing the best thing for you and your baby.

Easy to digest

Nicola on 14th Oct 2020

A really handy sized book that should be on every pregnant person's reading list. I found it really easy to dip in and out, snapping up pieces of useful information about exercise, diet and the female form. I loved the illustrations and the quotes. Overall, Rehana s writing style is so easy to digest and although at first glance there is a lot of text, the way it has been presented makes it's the perfect way to read and learn , ultimately leaving you feeling more confident about exercising before and after birth.