Are you exercising in pregnancy,  If not, why not?

Most pregnant women who choose not to exercise tell me it’s because they don’t think it’s safe. Or they have been advised by helpful friends and family, often from older generations, that pregnancy is a time when you should do as little as possible. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Have you ever met someone who has run the London Marathon without doing months of training to work up to the big day?

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It is true that many pregnant mums spend the first trimester (three months) feeling tired, nauseous and worried, and in those cases, rest is always best. But after your first scan, as soon as your energy levels recover, the best thing you can do for you and your baby gets moving. In fact, the Department of Health recommends aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week during a healthy pregnancy.

However, it is very important to choose the right sort of exercise. Going hell for leather to achieve peak physical fitness is neither appropriate nor safe. Exercise during pregnancy should be viewed as a positive way to nourish your body and help support the physical and emotional changes you are going through.

So where should you start if this is all new to you? Slowly is essential, to enable you to listen to your body until you feel ready to do a little more. A brisk walk, swimming, low-impact aerobics or dance class are all great ways to get moving during pregnancy. Or maybe you would prefer a class, especially for pregnant women? There is plenty on offer. Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy it and can talk throughout.

 

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Still not buying it? What if I told you that exercising during pregnancy might make your labour and delivery shorter and easier due to increased stamina and strength? As well as reducing the need for intervention such as forceps and/or pain relief? Exercise can also help you stay within a healthy weight range, meaning less effort after birth trying to lose your baby weight! It could help you sleep better, feel more energised and reduce the common pregnancy aches and pains like pelvic girdle pain. Catching my drift?

If you are now thinking: “Woo-hoo, let’s go!” but have unanswered questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at info@babyfit.me.uk. You won’t regret it!

Debbie from Babyfit xx

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