When it comes to exercise in pregnancy there is much debate and conflicting information of what can be done. One of the most frustrating things I found in pregnancy is that everyone tells you what not to do. Health professionals forget to tell you what you CAN do in pregnancy.
Exercise is really just a form of movement. It can be as simple as walking through to running. It may be bodyweight or light weight strength training through to heavy weightlifting. Yoga, mediation or Pilates may be another option. So when it comes to exercise in pregnancy there is no one answer. Consideration needs to be given to the changes that your body is going through but this can also open up many options available to you. Every body is different and every pregnancy will be experienced differently so you can decide what will suit you best based on your experience.
There are many factors that determine what type of exercise you can do during pregnancy. The best place to start is your goal.
The last one was thrown in to be funny as we often have unrealistic expectations about what we feel we should be doing during pregnancy. You are a superwoman regardless of how far you run, you are growing a human and that’s pretty awesome!
What type of exercise also depends on your activity prior to pregnancy. If you were an athlete or participated in regular intense exercise prior to pregnancy, you may be able to maintain a higher level of activity to someone who didn’t exercise at all. If you want to start a new workout program, it needs to be appropriate for your body. In the past, the advice was that you can continue to do whatever you did before pregnancy, just avoid starting something brand new. While some of this is true, there are activities that you can commence in pregnancy.
If you are unsure where to start, speak with your GP, Midwife or Obstetrician to let you know of any risk factors that may prevent you from participating in exercise. There are some instances where exercise may not be suitable. If you are ready to get moving in pregnancy and to experience the benefits that pregnancy exercise has to offer, join our Online Training Program. With our dedicated program, we can provide a safe, effective workout for beginners and those wanting to keep moving in pregnancy. Head to our Strong Mums Program page to find out the details of current program.