So you’re pregnant? Congratulations! This might seem like a good time to sit back and relax. Particularly if you are in your first trimester and you feel tired and sick most of the time.
However, much research has shown that, unless of course you experiencing serious complications, sitting around will not actually help. Exercising moderately during pregnancy can have a number of benefits.
Sports Medicine Australia says that there are ‘numerous potential benefits for women who exercise during pregnancy. These include better weight control, improved mood and maintenance of fitness levels leading to improved labour experience. Exercise also helps prevent the onset of gestational diabetes (GDM) and is certainly an important part of the management plan should GDM occur.’
Of course before embarking on an exercise regime during pregnancy, it is vital you consult your doctor first and get the all clear.
With a normal pregnancy, generally being active for 30 minutes per day is encouraged. A good rule of thumb is whether you can still carry out a conversation during exercise. There are some definite no-no’s however and we encourage you to check with a qualified trainer about. For example, crunches or exercises that require you to lie on your back should not be performed during pregnancy.
As well as these considerations, exercise should be stopped if any abnormal symptoms occur such as pain, contractions, bleeding, dizziness or unusual shortness of breath.
Pre-natal yoga is also becoming increasingly popular as a good way to prepare for childbirth. It can improve sleep, reduce anxiety, increase your strength, flexibility and muscular endurance, as well as help to decrease lower back pain. What’s not to like about that?
At Pinnacle, many of our trainers have participated in pre & post-natal qualifications. Why don’t you speak to us about guidance and support during this special time?
*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time