Exercise during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial. In fact, many doctors recommend that women exercise during pregnancy because it helps them adapt to their changing shape and weight gain. It can also help to cope through labour and with recovery post birth.
It is advisable, however, to get signed off by a medical professional before starting any new exercise regime, so talk to your doctor or midwife about it during one of your routine appointments. There are some circumstances where exercise might not be advisable, so your medical professional will guide you on this.
If you have the go ahead, find a suitable fitness professional qualified in designing pre- and post-natal fitness programmes. This is crucial, as it means you are doing exercises that will give you the most benefit with the least amount of risk. For example, I myself am a qualified professional and have helped many clients in past maintain incredible fitness throughout their pregnancies. If you have any questions about how I can create your very own fitness programme just get in touch.
Most important is knowing what training is safe during each semester of your pregnancy, and also that your workout regime fits with what you were doing before you were pregnant. Walking and swimming are fantastic forms of exercise because they are low impact forms of cardio. However, if you performed more intense forms of exercise before pregnancy, you may find that you are happy to take part on more vigorous forms. Again, this is where a trained professional can provide crucial guidance.
It’s good to include an element of strength training in workouts too. If you haven't really performed much weight training pre pregnancy, now is not the time to start going mad. There are plenty of examples of women who continue to weight train throughout, however, you just need to listen to your body and adapt accordingly.
Don’t become concerned about weight loss/gain during pregnancy. Instead, focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the benefits it will have on you and your baby. Incorporating some exercise into your lifestyle during pregnancy can have all sorts of benefits, including helping to boost your energy levels, improving your flexibility, helping to boost your circulation and reduce swelling, not to mention helping you to sleep better which is particularly beneficial in the later stages!
If you have any questions about how you should be adapting or introducing exercise during pregnancy, do not hesitate to get in contact with the Limitless Life personal training team.