Your active pregnancy is good for you AND your baby!

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Your active pregnancy is good for you AND your baby!

Your active pregnancy is good for you AND your baby!

Staying fit during pregnancy doesn’t just benefit you…it’s good for your baby too.  You might be tempted to take it easy and put your feet up but there are many good reasons why you should exercise throughout your pregnancy.
  1. Medical experts (including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) agree that all healthy pregnant women should be aiming for 30 minutes exercise every day.
  2. Exercise can help alleviate all those niggly discomforts such as backache or varicose veins – and you’ll be less likely to suffer from some of the bigger pregnancy issues such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia
  3. Giving birth is a very physical process and increasing your fitness levels can make all the difference when it comes to labour - you’ll be glad you improved your strength and stamina in preparation for the birth.
  4. Exercising regularly will help you to maintain a healthy weight gain and avoid piling on too many unnecessary pregnancy pounds
  5. Women who exercise during pregnancy tend to recover more quickly after their baby is born, regaining their pre-baby figure and muscle tone
  6. Around one in three women suffer from pre-natal anxiety and depression – but even a modest amount of exercise during pregnancy will release those feel good endorphins, lift your mood and make it easier to sleep.
  7. Regular exercise helps you to feel more in control of the many changes pregnancy brings to your body.
  8. Research has shown that babies born to women who exercise tend to be leaner at birth (that’s less chubby!), develop more quickly and have improved vascular health as they grow up.
  9. Babies born to active mum are more likely to be active themselves later in life too.
  10. If you’re feeling positive about yourself, you’ll have more energy for your family and your new baby – it’s win win all round!
Maternity fitness experts FittaMamma share their top tips for safe pregnancy exercise

 

Before you start:

  • Supporting your baby bump will improve your confidence as well as your comfort. Maternity fitnesswear designed to hold your bump, back and boobs is every bit as important as wearing a well-fitting sports bra.
  • Listen to your body – if your workout feels too intense slow down or stop. Don’t overdo it and build up slowly if you haven’t trained before
  • Pregnancy exercise is about maintenance not improvement, don’t set yourself targets
  • Carry on talking! If you’re exercising beyond the level where you can’t easily continue a conversation – ease up!
  • Keep a water bottle handy - Stay hydrated
  • Stay fuelled – don’t exercise on an empty stomach and keep a few energy snacks handy
  • Stay cool! Pregnant women can overheat quite easily so exercise outdoors if possible and wear performance, moisture-wicking clothes
  • Warm up before you exercise and cool down afterwards
  • Ask your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns about your health or your pregnancy

When to stop and contact your health professional:

  • If you have excessive shortness of breath, chest pains, palpitations, dizziness or feeling faint
  • Listen to your body and don’t exercise if you’re experiencing excessive tiredness
  • Stop exercising if you notice bleeding or a leakage of amniotic fluid
  • If you have unusual muscle pain or weakness or a pain or swelling in your calf (this could indicate a blood clot)

Be more cautious!

  • Remember – not so far and not so fast when running, walking or cycling.
  • If you work out in the gym it’s better to lift lighter weights and aim for more repetitions.
  • Avoid exercises that involve you lying on your back after 12 weeks.
  • Team games and contact sports can put you at more risk of being knocked off balance
  • Avoid dangerous sports where there is an increased risk of falling or accidents
For more information about safe exercise during pregnancy, workouts, nutritional guidance and recipes – along with the FittaMamma range of supportive maternity wear, visit www.fittamamma.com

Find the perfect maternity/ nursing sports bra to exercise and breastfeed with ease!

 

Your active pregnancy is good for you AND your baby!

Staying fit during pregnancy doesn’t just benefit you…it’s good for your baby too.  You might be tempted to take it easy and put your feet up but there are many good reasons why you should exercise throughout your pregnancy.

  1. Medical experts (including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) agree that all healthy pregnant women should be aiming for 30 minutes exercise every day.
  2. Exercise can help alleviate all those niggly discomforts such as backache or varicose veins – and you’ll be less likely to suffer from some of the bigger pregnancy issues such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia
  3. Giving birth is a very physical process and increasing your fitness levels can make all the difference when it comes to labour - you’ll be glad you improved your strength and stamina in preparation for the birth.
  4. Exercising regularly will help you to maintain a healthy weight gain and avoid piling on too many unnecessary pregnancy pounds
  5. Women who exercise during pregnancy tend to recover more quickly after their baby is born, regaining their pre-baby figure and muscle tone
  6. Around one in three women suffer from pre-natal anxiety and depression – but even a modest amount of exercise during pregnancy will release those feel good endorphins, lift your mood and make it easier to sleep.
  7. Regular exercise helps you to feel more in control of the many changes pregnancy brings to your body.
  8. Research has shown that babies born to women who exercise tend to be leaner at birth (that’s less chubby!), develop more quickly and have improved vascular health as they grow up.
  9. Babies born to active mum are more likely to be active themselves later in life too.
  10. If you’re feeling positive about yourself, you’ll have more energy for your family and your new baby – it’s win win all round!

Maternity fitness experts FittaMamma share their top tips for safe pregnancy exercise

Before you start:

  • Supporting your baby bump will improve your confidence as well as your comfort. Maternity fitnesswear designed to hold your bump, back and boobs is every bit as important as wearing a well-fitting sports bra.
  • Listen to your body – if your workout feels too intense slow down or stop. Don’t overdo it and build up slowly if you haven’t trained before
  • Pregnancy exercise is about maintenance not improvement, don’t set yourself targets
  • Carry on talking! If you’re exercising beyond the level where you can’t easily continue a conversation – ease up!
  • Keep a water bottle handy - Stay hydrated
  • Stay fuelled – don’t exercise on an empty stomach and keep a few energy snacks handy
  • Stay cool! Pregnant women can overheat quite easily so exercise outdoors if possible and wear performance, moisture-wicking clothes
  • Warm up before you exercise and cool down afterwards
  • Ask your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns about your health or your pregnancy

When to stop and contact your health professional:

  • If you have excessive shortness of breath, chest pains, palpitations, dizziness or feeling faint
  • Listen to your body and don’t exercise if you’re experiencing excessive tiredness
  • Stop exercising if you notice bleeding or a leakage of amniotic fluid
  • If you have unusual muscle pain or weakness or a pain or swelling in your calf (this could indicate a blood clot)

Be more cautious!

  • Remember – not so far and not so fast when running, walking or cycling.
  • If you work out in the gym it’s better to lift lighter weights and aim for more repetitions.
  • Avoid exercises that involve you lying on your back after 12 weeks.
  • Team games and contact sports can put you at more risk of being knocked off balance
  • Avoid dangerous sports where there is an increased risk of falling or accidents

For more information about safe exercise during pregnancy, workouts, nutritional guidance and recipes – along with the FittaMamma range of supportive maternity wear, visit www.fittamamma.com

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