Mums the word

7 Dec 2013

The fitter you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be adapting to your changing body shape and maternal weight gain. It will also make labour easier and the recovery process much quicker.As a pre and post natal specialist, the most popular comment I hear from expectant mums is that they can’t train now they are pregnant. This is not true!The general rule is that if you was active before pregnancy you should continue training but start to decrease the intensity and duration. If you want to take up exercise then you start with light aerobic exercises like swimming and walking and gradually build yourself up.I advise all my pre and post natal clients to perform pelvic floor exercises daily. This helps to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which come under great strain in pregnancy and childbirth. By performing these exercises, you can strengthen the muscles, helping to reduce or avoid stress incontinence after pregnancy.My other exercise tips are to always warm up before exercise, drink plenty of water, if you do any classes make sure the instructor is qualified and avoid training in high temperatures.Finally, listen to your body. If it feels hard work then you either stop all together or slow down!
 

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