Cecilia, co-founder and head PT at Results with Lucy and Hannah, a PT at Results with Bump, have given their top advice to mamas-to-be on exercising when pregnant...
Exercising during your pregnancy is safe and healthy. You can do most types of exercise in pregnancy, including; pilates, weights, yoga and swimming.
If you exercised before you became pregnant, you can continue doing most of the same exercise now. The aim should be to keep your current level of fitness rather than trying to reach peak fitness.
Below are some of the most popular exercises among pregnant women.
Pilates: The aim of Pilates is to improve balance, strength, flexibility and posture. It can help your body cope with carrying the extra weight of your growing baby, as well as preparing you for childbirth and recovering afterwards.
Strength exercises: Strength training exercises do exactly what they say on the tin, make your muscles stronger. They include swimming, working with weights, walking uphill and even digging in the garden. It’s a good way to keep your muscles toned during pregnancy.
Swimming: For a minimal impact workout, exercising in water is great. It supports your bump and won’t strain your back. It’s also a great way to get your heart rate up without putting extra stress on your joints and ligaments. Aqua natal classes are really popular and can be a fun way to meet other mums-to-be.
Walking: If you’re not used to exercising, walking is a great place to start and is a great basis for pregnancy fitness and you can do it for the whole nine months if you feel comfortable. It couldn’t be more accessible, being available right on your doorstep, it’s completely free and doesn’t require any special equipment.
Yoga: Yoga is an activity that focuses on mental and physical wellbeing. It uses a series of body positions (called postures) and breathing exercises. Pregnancy yoga uses relaxation and breathing techniques with postures that are adapted for pregnancy. Yoga is also great for improving flexibility and reducing stress.
Cecilia and Hannah, who designed the Results with Bump programme (a franchise of Lucy Mecklenburgh's famous online workout platform Results with Lucy), give us their 14 best pregnancy fitness and nutrition tips:
7) Eat little and often
Pregnancy has the tendency to make you feel nauseous.
By eating little and often you can maintain a good blood sugar level and help reduce feelings of nausea.
14) Be careful of those joints
Our body releases a hormone called “relaxin” during pregnancy.
This makes our joints more flexible ready for birth, but this can also make you more prone to injury. It’s therefore important to be extra cautious with your technique during a squat and lunge.
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