Rwanda government has introduced a public exercises for pregnant mothers.
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.
Dr Jean Nyirinkwaya, a gynaecologist in the capital, Kigali, recommends sports to all pregnant women who visit his private clinic.
“Walking, swimming and body stretching have no negative impact on them,” Dr Nyirinkwaya said.
Nevertheless, the event organiser said they had selected exercises that would not adversely affect the pregnant women.
He also said he had invited men to accompany their wives during the sessions.