Heavily pregnant Pippa Middleton cycles to the gym just weeks before her due date

Kate's younger sister, 34, was spotted cycling to her exclusive West London gym earlier today – marking her second visit in as many days.

The mum-to-be, who married hedge fund manager James Matthews, 43, last spring, has visited the private KX gym regularly throughout her pregnancy.

Their tot is thought to be due in October, following swiftly on the tails of Pippa's brother-in-law Spencer, 29, of Made in Chelsea fame, who's just welcomed his first child Theo with wife Vogue Williams, 32.

Exercise is not banned during pregnancy – especially among sporty women like Pippa.

But her decision to cycle could pose more of a danger, because pregnancy alters your sense of balance, which may make you more likely to fall.

Should you cycle while pregnant?

  • According to NHS advice, exercises that have a risk of falling, such as horse riding, downhill skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics and cycling, should only be done with caution.
  • Falls may risk damage to the baby.
  • The NHS Wales add that even experienced cyclists should be aware "your sense of balance changes (while pregnant), which may make you more likely to fall off".
  • They advise: "Don’t do sports where you could have a hard fall, or where you might be thrown off balance, or get hit in the stomach", but explain that experienced cyclists should be OK.
  • In extreme cases, damage to the abdomen can cause placental abruption – a serious condition where the placenta starts to come away from the inside of the womb wall.
  • It can also cause stomach pain, a vaginal bleed and frequent contractions.
  • Placental abruption can increase the risk of premature birth, growth problems and still birth.

Pippa is an exercise blogger for Waitrose magazine, where she described swimming as her favourite mum-to-be workout, because "it’s comforting to know that it’s safe throughout pregnancy".

She refused to down her tennis racket during her first trimester, but says she has stopped running – to give her body "a rest from pavement pounding".

Ultimately, it's the mother's decision how much or how little she exercises during pregnancy, but always seek a doctor's advice – and stop immediately if you feel ill.

Mums-to-be should avoid strenuous exercise, and should still be able to have a conversation while exercising, as a general guide.

In more royal news, fans go crazy after ‘humble’ Meghan Markle closed her own CAR DOOR ‘like a normal person’.

And Buckingham Palace is selling a replica of Meghan’s engagement ring in silver for £30.

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