Busting a few myths about your fit pregnancy!

Busting a few myths about your fit pregnancy!

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Busting a few myths about your fit pregnancy! Have you found that everyone has a view about exercising during pregnancy? And that loads of people express negative comments about your decision to have a fit pregnancy? There are so many benefits to staying fit when you’re pregnant – we’d like to share ourpregnancy exercise myth busters to reassure you thatexercise during pregnancyis good for you and good for your baby.Next time someone tells you shouldn’t be exercising whilst pregnant – you’ll have the answers ready!  ‘If youdidn’tdo any exercise before your pregnancy– you shouldn’t start now!’ Wrong! Even if you’ve never exercised at all there’s no reason why pregnancy should deter you from starting.Sure, it’s not the time to start training for a marathon or joining a ladies football team but the benefits of even modest exercise during pregnancy is definitely worthwhile.  ‘Keep out of the gym! This is not a placefor pregnant women!’ Wrong! Working out in the gym is a great way to exercise during pregnancy! As your pregnancy progresses you are likely to have less energy and, as your bump grows and your centre of gravity changes,it’s advisable to make changes toyour exercise routine. Reduce the length and intensity of your pregnancy exercise sessions–but listen to your body–not the person on the next treadmill!  ‘Put your bike in the shed for the next nine months– you won’t be needing it!

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Busting a few myths about your fit pregnancy! Have you found that everyone has a view about exercising during pregnancy? And that loads of people express negative comments about your decision to have a fit pregnancy?
There are so many benefits to staying fit when you’re pregnant –we’d like to share ourpregnancy exercise myth busters to reassure you thatexercise during pregnancyis good for you and good for your baby.Next time someone tells you shouldn’t be exercising whilst pregnant –you’ll have the answers ready!
If youdidn’tdo any exercise before your pregnancyyou shouldn’t start now!
Wrong! Even if you’ve never exercised at all there’s no reason why pregnancy should deter you from starting.Sure, it’s not the time to start training for a marathon or joining a ladies football team but the benefits of even modest exercise during pregnancy is definitely worthwhile.
Keep out of the gym! This is not a placefor pregnant women!’
Wrong! Working out in the gym is a great way to exercise during pregnancy! As your pregnancy progresses you are likely to have less energy and, as your bump grows and your centre of gravity changes,it’s advisable to make changes toyour exercise routine. Reduce the length and intensity of your pregnancy exercise sessionsbut listen to your bodynot the person on the next treadmill!
Put your bike in the shed for the next nine monthsyou won’t be needing it!’
Try suggesting this to women in Holland or Denmark where most adults use a bike on a daily basis! Ok,we don’t advisehard-core downhill mountain biking but cycling is an ideal low impact exercise for pregnant women for as long as you feel comfortable on a bike.
You definitely can’t run whenpregnant!’
Rubbish! If you love running, there’s no reason tostoprunning when pregnant is a fantastic and beneficial cardio exercise. Maybe not so far and not so fastbut enjoy the thought of your baby being soothed by the rhythm of your jogging!
‘You shouldn’texercise your abs when you’re pregnant’
Wrong again! Keeping your core muscles strong during pregnancy can help to prevent diastasis and will help during labour too. You should avoid lying on your back but there’s no reasonnot to work on your core muscles right throughout your pregnancystanding pelvic tilts and standing squats rd are a great pregnancy exercise, right up until the 3 trimester. Pregnant womenshouldn’t be lifting weights’
Ok, wewouldn’trecommend heavy free weightsbut weight training is a great way to stay fit during pregnancy. Working out with a machine or controlled weight lifting can be a safe, suitable exercise for pregnant women. Aim for more reps, lighter weights and adapt your routine as your bump gets bigger.
‘Rest is best in your third trimester!’Listen to your body and slow down if and when you need toadapt your routine to take account of your energy levels and the size of your bump but if you feel like joining your prenatal yoga class or a gentle session on the cross trainer on your due date then don’t let anyone put you off.
Need any more encouragement?
Exercise during pregnancy has so many benefitsExperts (including thefor you AND your baby! Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and their American counterparts both agree that healthy pregnant women should aim for around 30 minutes a day, five days a week to enjoy a wide range of health benefits.
Maintaining a fit pregnancy will help banish many of those pregnancy niggles such as backache, swollen ankles, varicose veins and extra pressure on your joints. Increasing your stamina and strengthening your muscles with regular pregnancy exercise will give you more stamina, meaning you won’t tire as easily.A generous dose of fresh air and exercise will help you sleep better Giving birth is a very physical processpreparing your body will make it easier to cope. Let’s faceit;you wouldn’t enter a marathon without any training!Maintaining your fitness during pregnancy will promote a speedier recovery after your baby is born Whilst the ‘baby blues’ are well documented, fewer women own up to feeling down when they’re pregnant but all those feel good endorphins generated by your pregnancy exercise session will help lift your mood. Exercise will help keep your pregnancy weight gain to a healthy level Many women feel uncomfortable with their self-image as their bump gets biggerkeeping your body toned helps you to recognise that bumps are beautiful! Babies born to mums who exercised during pregnancy are often leaner (less chubby!) at birth Research has shown that babies born to active mums learn more quicklypregnancy exercise can make kids smarter! Active mums are more likely to raise active kidswho doesn’t want their child to get the exercise habit early?
Maternity Clothing for Pregnant Women Our top tip is to dress to impress when you exercise. Wearing well designed and stylish maternity fitnesswear such as theFittaMamma Maternity Activewear rangewill
Support your baby bump so you feel secure and comfortable Support your hips, pelvis and lower back Moisture-wicking content will help you to keep cool and fresh The clothes won’t ride up or fall down when you stretch or moveMake you feel good about your self-image so you can enjoy your pregnancy workout knowing you look fantastic
FittaMamma has lots more info about safe pregnancy exercise on the site!