How to exercise safely when you’re pregnant

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August 4, 2019

As soon as you tell people you’re pregnant, they’re going to have opinions – about everything.

What you should and shouldn’t eat, what you should be wearing, how long you should be working for – pregnancy somehow turns women’s body’s into fair game for public discussion. And it’s exhausting. When it comes to working out and staying fit during pregnancy, it can be hard to know who to listen to. And there is a lot of misinformation out there.

The safety of both you and your baby needs to be the number one priority during this time, but exercise can be a huge physical and mental outlet for mums-to-be, and you shouldn’t let fear mongering put you off doing what you love. ADVERTISEMENT We asked pre- and postnatal fitness professional Rosie Stockley, founder of Mamawell, for her advice on how to continue exercising thoughout your pregnancy – in the safest, most efficient ways possible.

‘Finding out you’re pregnant is life changing and brings so many conflicting and intense emotions and feelings,’ Rosie tells . Everyone has an opinion when you’re pregnant – but listen to your body. And the doctors.

‘For the first 12 weeks, the body is flooded with hormones and you may feel physically sick, fatigued and anxious. ‘From about week 13, the hormones settle and many women experience renewed energy and positivity.

‘For many, fitness will be the last thing on your mind on becoming pregnant, and it’s always important to listen to your body and mood. ‘However, the benefits of moderate exercise throughout pregnancy are extolled by health professionals with the NHS stating:

“The more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after the birth”. ‘Please remember that the following advice is for a non-complicated, “normal” pregnancy.

Please contact a healthcare professional at any point where you think you need more advice or extra care.’ The first 12 weeks – be careful The first trimester is where the highest risk of miscarriage occurs, so it is important to be mindful of the intensity of exercise you are undertaking.

( thanks Metro.co.uk)

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