SLOAN! 17th Edition

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How to Stay Fit

& Strong During

Pregnancy

Rosie Stockley

Falling pregnant is a huge moment

to celebrate but can also be

daunting to accept and embrace

the changes that take place in

the body. As the baby grows,

the body adapts physiologically

and hormonally to facilitate the

birthing process and recovery.

Rosie Stockley from Mamawell

shares her insights on how to

make your exercise schedule work

for your pregnancy.

It can be difficult to balance work

and family life with exercise, but

making it a priority can really

have a positive effect throughout

your pregnancy and beyond.

Staying strong and fit during

pregnancy has huge benefits

including:

1. Stronger pelvic floor,

abdominals and increased

endurance to aid labour.

2. Increased strength to assist with

aches and pains associated with

pregnancy, labour and post-birth,

for example back pain.

3. Increased vitality and positive

attitude which can greatly help

with mood swings associated with

hormonal changes.

Here are my top tips for staying fit

and healthy during pregnancy:

DO WHAT YOU KNOW AND

LOVE

It is advised not to start a new

exercise routine when you’re

pregnant, but to adapt the moves

you’re already familiar with. Find

something you love as that will

help you stay motivated – whether

its swimming or weights, spinning

or yoga – find your sweaty happy

place!

TAKE AN ANTE-NATAL CLASS

Classes such as ante natal yoga

and Pilates are designed to

strengthen and prepare you for

birth, so are a great option. These

are classes that can be attended

with no prior experience as they

are formulated to be started

during your pregnancy.

FIRST TRIMESTER – LISTEN

TO YOUR BODY

The biggest hormonal changes

come into effect in the first 12

weeks. You may feel sick, fatigued

and also a little anxious about

what is coming ahead. The highest

rate of miscarriage is in the first

12 weeks, so make sure you listen

to your body and don’t push it

too hard. As soon as the second

trimester starts, you will feel

much more full of energy and able

to work out harder again.

EXERCISE FOR DAILY LIVING

The simplest way to stay active

during your pregnancy is to

incorporate it into your daily

routine, with the NHS stating that

30 minutes of exercise at least

4 times per week is beneficial.

When you are busy, finding easy

ways to incorporate exercise into

your daily life is key. Walking

to work, or in your lunch hour is

ideal, jumping off the bus a stop

early or taking the stairs are all

great examples of exercise for

daily living. In addition, finding

a regular time to activate your

pelvic core, for example when

you’re brushing your teeth,

ensures this gets completed daily.

BE MOTIVATED BY THE

GROUP

When you’re busy with work and

possibly tired and demotivated, a

group session could be the perfect

class to keep you accountable.

Better still if you can attend

with a friend. If the class is not

specialised ante-natal, make sure

you inform the instructor of your

pregnancy so they can guide you

through adaptations.

ONE-ON-ONE TIME

As your pregnancy progresses,

many people wonder about how

they can adapt the exercise for

their changing body. Don’t let this

stop you, but maybe try a personal

trainer with an ante and post-natal

specialisation to guide you. They

will make your time in the gym

really productive, and maximise

the positive gains in each session.

They will also put you at ease,

instructing you in the safest and

post effective movements for the

pregnant body. A personal trainer

is a really great option when

you’re time poor – motivating you,

and making every second count.

In conclusion, don’t let time be

a limiting factor in staying fit

during pregnancy. Whether it’s

a class, private session or daily

walk, find a way to prioritise it

for the benefit of your body as it

grows, throughout the birth and to

aid with the post-natal recovery.

Visit www.mamawell.org for

information on specailsed ante and

post-natal classes and personal

training.

ABOUT THE EXPERT

Rosie Stockley is a pre and postnatal

exercise specialist who

understands firsthand the changes

that the body goes through in

childbirth. MAMAWELL postnatal

bootcamps, ballet classes and

private sessions in SW London are

inspirational. www.mamawell.org

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