I know you might be feeling exhausted and exercise is the last thing you feel like doing. However, exercising during pregnancy will actually give you more energy and that's only the start of the benefits!
So what kind of exercise should I be doing?
You can continue to do, but not exceed, whatever exercise you have been doing before you got pregnant, as long as you feel safe. A good guide is approximately 30 minutes a day of cardio/aerobic exercise. Ensure you drink water regularly throughout. It's not advisable to do sports which have a risk of falling or injury like horseriding, or other adventure sports like scuba diving, for obvious reasons. Just follow your common sense.
Pregnant women should also look at strength training - and no I don't mean turning into a female Arnie (which is virtually impossible anyway!). Lifting light weights is really beneficial during pregnancy as it will help to keep the body strong as you become physically larger and the body is put under more stress. Weight-bearing exercise helps build and maintain strong bones, and lifting light weights is a perfect combination with any form of aerobic exercise.
The other part of the exercise jigsaw puzzle is stretching and lengthening the muscles in the body. Yoga is a phenomenal way of doing this and you can read more about that here.
Great exercises during pregnancy?
Things to watch out for:
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Helen Plass works with women and their birthing partners to achieve a comfortable, healthy & happy journey into Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood. She has built a successful business in Dublin, Ireland, as a Yoga Instructor, specializing in Pre- & Post-natal health and fitness, Active Birthing workshops, Baby Massage and Mama & Baby Yoga classes. She is known for her very practical & non-judgmental approach to pregnancy and the crazy times of motherhood! Helen has trained in the UK and Ireland, and is mega proud of coming first in her Yoga Teacher Training (she’s a bit of a swot) at the gorgeous Samadhi Studios in Dublin. She’s a proud wife, mama to two energetic little boys, former corporate marketing professional, keen runner and lover of all things related to sport…and is an avid supporter of Irish Rugby.
When she’s not becoming all teary and emotional with messages from her clients about their gorgeous births, you can find her walking along the rocks and beach with her boys, cheering on the sidelines of football and rugby pitches, experimenting with essentail oils, baking and preparing meals for the non-stop-eating men in her life…and in general just trying to keep it all together. Check out all her communication at NurtureMamas.com, and if you are in Ireland, her local business Mumandbaby.ie