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5 Dos & Don’ts for Keeping Fit during Pregnancy

Every pregnancy is different, but one thing which is pretty much inevitable is weight gain. Whether you’re a seasoned get-fit fanatic wondering what tweaks you’ll need to make to your exercise routine, or a first-time Mum feeling guilty about naughty cravings, you’ll find much of what you need to know about exercise during pregnancy here.

Firstly, you should always speak to your GP before starting any kind of exercise regime, especially during pregnancy, as they will be able to advise you what is and isn’t safe based upon your circumstances and personal health.

Although you probably shouldn’t be following in the footsteps of Paula Radcliffe and running a marathon whilst pregnant, a little exercise can be good for you whilst you’re carrying your baby. Not only will it improve your muscle strength and stamina before the birth, it’ll boost your immune system and reduce your chances of getting the baby blues.

So here are my Top 5 Dos and Don’t s for Keeping Fit during Pregnancy:

No matter how shocked you are by the sudden weight gain of pregnancy, you should never, ever think of dieting. You and your baby both need all the nutrients that you can get – so don’t think about cutting back. However, eating four McDonald’s a day is going to cause as much harm than good, so rather than bingeing on sugary and fatty snacks, keep your diet balanced, healthy and be sure to treat yourself regularly, but in moderation whilst keeping active.

If you are new to exercise, start VERY slowly– be sure to avoid joint strain, dehydration (you’ll need to drink far more water than you would usually), sunburn if exercising outside, dizziness, overheating and fatigue.

Is there a specialist at your gym trained in exercise during pregnancy? These will be able to show you which pieces of equipment you should steer clear of, and also which of the exercises you currently do to continue with, or tweak to fit around a baby bump. Also, they’ll be good to have around if you have any questions about getting your figure back after the special delivery.

Even regular gym attendees will need to cut down and modify their routine. You will have to sacrifice many things as a parent, and your toned six-pack (because we all have one of those!), for the time being will be one of them. You definitely need to avoid abdominal exercises, for example sit-ups in the 2nd trimester and lying on your back for an extended period isn’t good either.

In pregnancy, you are often told conflicting advice from various sources (Yes to nuts? No to swordfish? Stay away from sheep?). However, official guidelines say to keep your heart rate below 140 during pregnancy, but it really depends on your body and the circumstances of your pregnancy. This is something to talk over with your GP and relay the advice to your trainer at the gym. After all, too much information is better than none.

To make sure you aren’t exerting yourself too much, be sure to avoid extreme breathlessness; are you able to hold a conversation? If not, you need to tone it down a bit. A perfect form of exercise for pregnant ladies is gentle walking. Gentle walking to and from the patisserie – perfect!

Do Join A Pregnancy Exercise Class

Yoga and Pilates classes are great for pregnant ladies as they will help you with breathing and control before the birth and help to strengthen your all-important pelvic floor. Even better, enquire to see if your local pool runs aqua aerobics and swimming sessions for pregnant ladies, the water will take the weight of the bump and the other mums-to-be in your class will become friends for life.

About the Author: Victoria Crowdell works for SportsEquip.co.uk, leading suppliers of ‘capital’ sports equipment and wet pour safety surfaces.

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