Get sporty and stay fit with our pregnancy fitness do’s and don’ts!
Firstly, you should consult your health care practitioner if you are pregnant and wanting to stay fit. Although at times it may be tough, exercise during pregnancy can better your overall pregnancy experience, helping to fight fatigue, better endurance and ease bad symptoms such as bloating and back pain.
But where do you start? Check out our do’s and don’ts on pregnancy fitness below and discover yourself a fitness routine that really works for you.
Yoga has become a craze for pregnant women because of the emphasis on breathing, relaxation and posture. There are many programmes designed specifically for expecting women but make sure to inquire with your physician about the options in your area.
Pilates is a combination of tai chi and yoga with a huge focus on the body’s core. It strengthens the core and pelvic floor muscles, which can help speed up postnatal recovery.
Swimming keeps you both flexible and fit and helps to relieve back pain during the third trimester. This low-impact exercise has many benefits such as improved circulation, toned muscles and counteracting back pain. If you weren’t much of a swimmer before pregnancy, it’s important to start slowly and stretch well.
From one mum to another…
One of our lovely followers @Kim_2409 said, “swimming is the best exercise! You don’t feel the weight and it helps with blood circulation, reduces swollen legs and strengthens back muscles – so it helps lift the bump. Also try yoga and body massage”
@Missd3bbie also said, “I’ve been going to Aqua bump which has been really beneficial. It’s like aerobics in a pool modified for pregnant ladies”
Light Weight training:
By maintaining a regular exercise programme and turning fat into fuel you can avoid extra weight gain and improve prenatal fitness.
Weights are usually best for conserving muscle but specific exercises using only your body weight can also be very effective.
Be careful with weights more than 20 pounds as these can cause you to hold your breath, which could prevent blood flow to the uterus.
A few exercises to stay away from during pregnancy:
- Scuba diving
- Road cycling
It’s a good idea to stay active during your pregnancy, but make sure to avoid any activities that put you at risk!
Some mothers feel ready to exercise a few days after they have had their baby, others may want to wait a bit longer. Mums who were active throughout their pregnancy may find this easier but it is always important to start slowly and consult your health practitioner.