Rwanda launches public exercises for pregnant women

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Participants in Rwanda’s first-ever public exercises for pregnant women have told the newsmen that they enjoyed it and want authorities to continue with the programme.

More than a 100 women attended the first session in the capital, Kigali, over the weekend in what organisers say is aimed at “changing the myth on bodies of pregnant women.”

Nelson Mukasa, leader of a local non-governmental organisation that initiated the sessions, said many in Rwanda believe that when a woman gets pregnant she has to stop every physical effort.

“People should know inactivity is very risky for her body and the child she carries,” Mr Mukasa said.

Just after the session, Libérée Uwizeyimana  who is eight months pregnant – told journalists that she had never exercised while pregnant.

“I am very tired because I am not used to this, but I am also happy to work out with other pregnant ladies,” she said.

Dominica Nwabufo