Essential Guide To Pre and Post-Natal Workouts

October 17th, 2016

Your guide to pre and postnatal exercise from Momentum Bootcamps By Katherine Macfarlane Trainer and Physiotherapist, Momentum Bootcamps At no point in a woman’s life is general fitness more crucial than during pregnancy and childbirth. An informed and realistic fitness program can benefit a pregnant woman in many ways: Women can improve muscular strength, which is especially good preparation for carrying a baby – and by developing your upper body strength and abdominal muscles, you can improve your posture, working to overcome the forward pull of the growing baby’s weight. Common disorders often associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain and leg cramps, can be eased and exercise can help to prevent varicose veins by improving your circulation. You will feel better about yourself, be able to control unnecessary weight gain and attain ease of movement and balance. Being fit will help you feel well and relaxed to cope with the demands of labour According to Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK), it is not only safe but also beneficial to continue physical activity during pregnancy. By paying attention to some simple guidelines coupled with good medical care, a woman can enjoy her pregnancy exercise program and anticipate similar levels of fitness after childbirth. Becoming active and exercising at least 30 minutes on most, if not all days of the week can benefit your health during pregnancy in the following ways: Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes Increases your energy Improves your mood Improves your posture Promotes muscle, strength and endurance Helps you sleep better After the first trimester of pregnancy, avoid doing exercises lying flat on your back If it has been some time since you exercised, start slowly. Begin with as little as five minutes per day and […]

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