Moving and being active
Moving and being active is vital in keeping your child happy and healthy. Physical activity should be fun and include a range of different activities.
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General physical activity information for all age groups
Exercise during pregnancy and after birth
Gentle exercise whilst pregnant can be good for you and your baby, and can help you cope with labour. You can keep up with your normal physical activities for as long as you feel comfortable. Read more about exercise in pregnancy.
Exercising after childbirth can also help your body physically and mentally. If your birth was straightforward, you should be able to do gentle stretches and walking once you feel up to it. You should receive a postnatal check around 6 to 8 weeks after birth. It’s best to wait until after this before engaging in any high intensity activities. Talk to your midwife if you had complications with the birth as your recovery time may be longer. Read more about keeping fit and healthy with a baby.
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General early years movement skills and development
The early development skills like sitting, crawling, standing and walking are also known as gross motor skills. Gross motor skills use the big muscles in the arms, legs and torso.Read more
Keeping babies, children and teenagers active
Just like food and water, being active is one of the most important things for healthy growth and development in babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. It helps to build strong bones and muscles, maintain a healthy weight and boost their confidence.Read more