We have loads of mums who train with us to get fit and strong after their babies arrive and well beyond that too, and many who fall pregnant for the second, third (or which ever number pregnancy) keep up their training with us for a fit and healthy pregnancy and delivery. If you have a straight forward pregnancy (not considered high risk) there are absolutely fabulous benefits to keeping up your training while pregnant.
- Increase Energy. Fitness is proven to release happy endorphins and therefore increase the energy you start to lack during pregnancy. Staying active albeit at a somewhat reduced rate depending on what stage you are at in your pregnancy can really assist to keep those endorphins flowing and give you the energy you need to get through each week.
- Reduce Stress Levels. Let’s fact it… growing a whole tiny human is tough work on you physically and mentally, and preparing for baby’s arrival can be quite stressful. Keeping up a regular fitness routine, can really assist with managing your stress levels when you keep your body active.
- Reduced Excess Pregnancy Weight Gain- those cravings are probably going to set in some time over the course of your pregnancy so keeping your body healthy and active during this important time is really helpful to avoid that excess pregnancy weight gain and help produce a healthy baby.
Generally speaking, it is safe for many active ladies to continue training when they become pregnant at the same or reduced level that their bodies are already used to. However, please note that every pregnancy is different and it is always essential to check in with your doctor to receive official medical clearance to ensure you are safe to continue with your exercise plan. Of course modification will be required as your pregnancy progresses and make certain that you are training with a pre-natally qualified exercise professional.
If you have been sedentary prior to becoming pregnant, it’s not to say that you cannot start a fitness plan however it will need to be at a slower pace and we would recommend starting with walking, swimming or another low impact activity that is safe for your personal situation. Your doctor can advise more specifically on your individual pregnancy and what levels of exercise would be the safest options for you to consider.
Most of all enjoy this beautiful time of your life and embrace your little unfolding miracle.
Best wishes and happiness always, Di xo
We have great outdoor training options at ‘ibelieve fitness’ and we would love to welcome you along to a ‘ONE WEEK FREE TRIAL’ so you can find a session that suits you best! Lots of convenient training times – Sunrise, Mid Morning and Late Evening plus Mummy Bootcamp with complementary Nanny Service – with loads of variety across Boxing, Circuit, Cardio, Interval/Strength, Speed & Agility Training so there’s something for everyone. Limited spaces available – Just drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Di Shepherd is a Master Trainer and Founder of local Outdoor Fitness provider ‘ibelieve fitness’ operating out of Ryde Park.
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