Pregnancy exercise is great for you and your baby and will help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy fitness will also help with labour and post-baby weight loss. You can exercise pregnant safely by following our guide to the right kinds of pregnancy exercises and how much you should be doing for optimal health. Every mum-to-be should be doing some form of... > More
Pregnancy exercise is great for you and your baby and will help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy fitness will also help with labour and post-baby weight loss. You can exercise pregnant safely by following our guide to the right kinds of pregnancy exercises and how much you should be doing for optimal health. Every mum-to-be should be doing some form of pregnancy exercise, but knowing which workouts are best and how often to do them is very important, as you’ll need to adjust your usual workout and tailor them for every week of your pregnancy. We look at the best prenatal workouts like walking, yoga and swimming which are fantastic during all three trimesters to keep you flexible and strong but are still gentle enough on your body. Yoga and water exercises provide just enough of a cardio vascular workout without overdoing it. They’re also amazing for keeping you calm and anxiety-free, while giving you back the energy that pregnancy depletes from you, and you’ll sleep better at night. Stretching exercises will also help with the delivery of your baby by improving your core strength and preparing your muscles. The other benefit of a pregnancy fitness routine is it will keep your muscles and skin tight, aiding with losing weight after giving birth and preventing stretch marks. We look at when you can resume exercise after baby is born and which kinds of postnatal workouts are the best for you. There are plenty of pregnancy exercise classes these days, and even your local gym will have pre and postnatal workouts. If you want to exercise at home (especially great during the cooler months or in your third trimester when getting around is more difficult), we review the best pregnancy exercise DVDs including Preggie Bellies, Davina McCall and Jane Simmons.