When I found out I was pregnant, after the initial excitement and joy, I remember thinking ‘what now’. Being my first pregnancy I had no idea where to start, what to do, what to eat, what exercise was safe – was exercise even safe? And so started my own research followed by a consult with my medical practitioner.
I am delighted to share a few things I learnt however please always remember every single women and pregnancy is different, it’s imperative that you do what’s best for you and to seek proper medical advice before starting any exercise regime.
I guess the best thing I learned is to listen to my body, it is the best judge of your limits and tolerance. Rest when you need to rest. A good gauge I found was as soon as I couldn’t comfortably carry on a conversation it was time to slow down
Always stay cool and hydrated when exercising pregnant. Drink plenty of fluids. Pregnant women can overheat quickly so try exercise outdoors when it’s cooler or in an air-conditioned room. Wearing the appropriate clothing will also help keep you cool and comfortable. Pregnancy Activewear have a beautiful and appropriate selection of Maternity Sportswear designed with technology such as CoolDry to absorb moisture away from your skin and help keep you cool. Our range also includes products featuring Bamboo fibres which are known for absorbing and evaporating moisture up to 4 times quicker than other natural fibres – to name but a few
Take a little extra pregnancy care by warming up and cooling down before and after you exercise.
Don’t exercise on an empty stomach, it’s important to fuel your pregnancy exercises session. Stay fueled.
The goal is to maintain a healthy fitness throughout your pregnancy NOT to try push your-self past your limits.
Whatever exercise you choose ladies have fun doing it!
I look forward to hearing your exercise stories and what worked / works for you.