PSC encourages maternal health

The Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) will focus on promoting the benefits of proper and movement exercise during pregnancy in the upcoming “Beauty, Blooms & Baby Bumps” episode of “Rise Up, Shape Up.”

“Gone are the days when pregnant Pinays are discouraged from exercising because of unfounded concerns about safety for the baby. We want to correct that myth by providing scientific evidence from birthing professionals and success stories from new moms who managed to work out during pregnancy,” said PSC Commissioner and Women in Sports oversight Celia Kiram.

The sports official and women’s advocate shared that experts will be discussing important exercises and sporting activities during and after pregnancy to help women achieve a better and safer childbirth experience.

This week will highlight that an active pregnancy provides a psychological lift and a lower risk of excessive weight gain.

Rise Up, Shape Up’s fifth webisode will feature Certified Birth doula Ma. Beatrice Lina San Luis of on pregnant woman’s body empowerment.

Meanwhile, Aileen Vinoya, a midwife, nurse, owner, and administrator of Marikina Maternity Clinic and Lying In, will answer some of the frequently asked questions of moms concerning gentle birthing, nutrition, and physical activities.

Yoga and meditation teacher, Eileen Tupaz of White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio will guide women to a pregnancy meditation that involves a combination of mindfulness and visualization to help expectant moms cultivate the strength, stability, and steadfastness they need to face the challenges that come with pregnancy and motherhood.

An exciting part of the show, Dean Kiko Diaz of the UP College of Human Kinetics will share his account on how he supported his wife to ensure her physical fitness during pregnancy. He will also present important tips and guides for men as a way of support to their partners.

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