RECENT RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AEROBIC EXERCISE IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE DURING PREGNANCY A recent research study published in the Journal Of Physiotherapy has found that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise combined with walking, stretches and relaxation is highly beneficial for quality of life in pregnant women. Even if you have not exercised prior to pregnancy, supervised moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise is a safe and effective way to increase your physical functioning, general health and vitality. The study found exercising in small groups of 3-5 women, 3 times per week was also helpful for social functioning and mental health. It also found that the women who completed the exercise programme had less pain than those who did not. The safest way to perform aerobic or cardio exercise while pregnant is to complete sessions that are supervised, preferably by a physio or health professional, and to wear a heart rate monitor to keep your heart rate between 55 and 75% of max HR. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also recommend regular exercise for pregnant women for overall health benefits such as improved physical fitness.