Thankfully there is sufficient evidence to show that it’s safe and very beneficial to exercise through a pregnancy, it will likely make your pregnancy easier and your post natal recovery quicker.
150 minutes of exercise per week has amazing benefits and helps prepare you for labour as well as keeping you healthy and active.
If you are currently training and pregnant, here are a few things to bear in mind:
⁃ You should be able to hold a conversation whilst exercising. If you can’t, ease off.
⁃ Avoid spending prolonged periods of time lying on your back (60-90secs max).
⁃ Avoid exercises that cause impact to your tummy (such as chest to the floor burpees).
⁃ Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
⁃ Don’t let yourself get too overheated.
⁃ Don’t work to complete exhaustion.
⁃ Always listen to your body.
Being mindful of how you feel when exercising through pregnancy is the most important thing. Reducing the intensity of your workout gradually, but continuing to train, working on your breathing and pelvic floor muscles and good nutrition are the keys to a healthy pregnancy.
If you weren’t previously training, here’s a few suggestions on how to keep yourself active and prepare for labour throughout your pregnancy:
1. Pelvic floor and abdominal exercises
3. Prenatal yoga
If you’d like some help to safely train through your pregnancy, get in contact and we’ll let you know how we can help