Pregnancy fitness.

Pregnancy fitness.

Pregnancy doesn’t mean coming to a standstill – and neither does it mean “eating for two”.

Many mums think that by having a baby they need to stop what they’ve been doing pre-pregnancy and start scoffing the calories. This is a myth, and actually exercise throughout pregnancy can help make for an easier labour – making you more prepared and have the stamina to go through all that it can throw at you.

The best approach is to keep active and - sorry to say - ditch the eating for two theory.

There are boundaries though. The pregnant body is more flexible and more prone to strains that a non-pregnant one. With things loosening up, it’s far easier to overstretch yourself without realising so the key is to listening to your own body.

Yoga is the all-time favourite among pregnant women, as it can be as gentle as you make it. There are plenty of classes dedicated to pre-natal yoga which ensure you are not stretching yourself into a ridiculous position. More often than not, pregnancy yoga involves a large amount of relaxation as well.

Anything where you are not being dragged down by gravity is a real bonus – so swimming, aqua fit and water-based activities are generally safe for pregnant women. The only thing to look out for is when you get out of the pool and you feel like a lead weight again!

Gentle walking is great to get the blood pumping and keeps you in shape throughout pregnancy. Watch out if your suffering from pelvic problems and make sure you don’t go too far that you find it hard on the return journey.

Always remember to take advice from your caregiver if you are doing any kind of exercise during pregnancy. The likelihood is that you’ll be encouraged to keep fit throughout.

 

Comments

Freya W.
30 May 2014

Freya W.

Keep moving during pregnancy and you'll see the benefits after you've given birth.You'll find it much easier to get back into shape.

Sarah L.
28 May 2014

Sarah L.

age is definitely a factor here - young mums may sail through but I know older pregnant women can find it incredibly tiring. Good to know that even gentle exercise is worth it.

Olivia C.
28 May 2014

Olivia C.

This has made me chuckle as I know loads of people who ended up literally "eating for two" during pregnancy. It's meant to only be an extra banana a day in the final trimester I think, but many tuck into biscuits and cakes several times a day!

Emma C.
27 May 2014

Emma C.

I felt great during both my pregnancies and didn't change my exercise routine that much - gym visits, weights and spinning!!. 8 years on I wouldn't risk doing the same stuff. it would just be gentle swimming and yoga for me this time. My body just isn't the same.

Tanya M.
26 May 2014

Tanya M.

It's important to be aware of the stress on your joints even after pregnancy - they're not the same as they once were!

Sasha B.
26 May 2014

Sasha B.

Pregnant women should be very aware that their limbs are more flexible. Don't overdo the stretching. After 2 active births I now have problems with my sacroiliac joint and this can be exacerbated by further pregnancies.

Roger B.
25 May 2014

Roger B.

while I obviously don't need this advice myself, useful to note for the other half. There are so many conflicting theories, good to see a straightforward summary.

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