With 2 young kids and working full time there are not many hours left in the day for long runs and trips to the gym. But with another baby on board I need to stay healthy and in shape. So it got me thinking…what exercise should I be doing and what exercise CAN I do when pregnant?
Whilst doing the obligatory consult with Google for a bit of guidance on safe pregnancy exercise I came across Alex McCabe – founder of FittaMamma. She says ‘exercise helps prepare your body for the biggest physical challenge of your life, eases pregnancy discomforts such as backache and tiredness, improves your mood and is positive for your baby too’. She says ‘if you already exercise regularly, keep moving and if you’re new to exercise, it’s not too late to start!’
Staying in shape is a big thing for me but there are other great reasons to stay fit in pregnancy too…..
Pregnancy exercise can make you feel MORE energetic
Struggling with tiredness? Regular exercise will actually give you more energy. Exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system, increasing your stamina so you’ll tire less easily and your strong, toned muscles need less energy to complete any activity.
Exercise during pregnancy boosts your mood
As well as producing feel good endorphins that help lift a gloomy mood, exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Relief from pregnancy niggles and discomfort
Exercise during pregnancy strengthens and stretches your muscles, helping your body cope with niggles and discomforts such as heartburn and lower back pain. Improving your circulation makes you less prone to swollen ankles and varicose veins.
Reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes
Medical research has shown that women who exercise during pregnancy have a decreased risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.
Staying active promotes better sleep
Regular exercise will help work off any excess energy and aid restful sleep
Prepare your body for childbirth
Labour is physically demanding and exercising during pregnancy improves both your strength and your stamina.
Manage a health weight gain
Of course you’re going to gain weight but regular pregnancy exercise helps to manage a healthy weight gain, keeping your body toned as your bump gets bigger.
A speedier recovery post-birth
Staying fit during your pregnancy can speed up your recovery after your baby is born and make is easier to lose the baby weight too.
Although excited to be pregnant, many women struggle with the inevitable changes to their body during pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy will help you stay toned and positive, making it easier to adapt as your baby bump develops.
So, it’s pretty persuasive stuff! Enough to get me to dust off my trainers anyway. But what type of exercises should I be doing? Take a look here at some gentle ways to exercise.
But what if you are already an avid gym goer? Should you still be belting out your standard 50 squats in your Body Pump class, or stretching so much in your yoga class? Be sure to speak to your instructors to see what adaptations you can do to make it safe for you to still join in the class.
Of course you will need to feel good whist doing it so why not take a look at the FittaMamma range on their website here. Created to support your baby bump with clothes that hold it securely whatever level of activity you enjoy, FittaMamma activewear ensures you look good, feel good and can exercise with style and confidence.
*If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your baby, consult your doctor or midwife before you start exercising.