A healthy pregnancy includes healthy eating choices, listening to your body and taking time out when you need it plus enjoying some exercise that is right for you.
You should always discuss what’s suitable for you with your GP, midwife or obstetrician when it comes to exercising during pregnancy as everyone is different but for the majority of pregnant mummies, moving in some way each day is great for your physical and also mental health.
Pregnancy isn’t necessarily the time to train to do a marathon but rather to include some regular exercise to have a healthy pregnancy. Gentle cardio, stretching and strengthening are all ideal options when it comes to pregnancy exercise.
1) Keep It Simple
Keep things simple and focus on doing 20 minutes of exercise every day and if you do more, great. Don’t set an unrealistic goal of “I’m going to exercise for 90minutes every day” if you know you will never fit that in. An easier goal of 20 minutes every day is achievable and great for your health during pregnancy.
2) Keep It Local
Choosing exercise that doesn’t involve you having to drive for ages to get to a gym will make it more likely you will exercise more frequently. Going for a walk, getting out a yoga mat and doing some stretches or walking to your local park and doing some strengthening exercises will make it so much easier for you to exercise regularly as it’s easy, you don’t have to drive, find a park, stop at the shops, wait in traffic etc etc!
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Eating & Exercise Guide contains a plan that includes fantastic stretches, exercises and movements that you can easily do at home or at the local park to make exercise during pregnancy really easy.
3) Try Something Different
Pregnancy is a great time to try some different exercises you may not normally do. Find a local yoga class that has a pregnancy session and learn with a professional about how stretching can really help during a healthy pregnancy. Find out about pregnancy pilates or buy a block of 10 visits or similar to your local pool and try out some laps.
Your local council may run or know about various pregnancy focused exercise classes that will get you moving as well as help you de-stress and relax.
4) Get Walking
Walking is a great exercise to do when pregnant as it gets you moving, stretches your joints, is low impact and is free. Don’t think about it too much, just get going. Walk around your neighbourhood, walk to your local park and do a pregnancy focused exercise circuit like that found in The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Eating & Exercise Guide or choose to walk to certain destinations e.g. to meet a friend for a cup of herbal tea and a healthy snack.
Don’t push yourself though, always ensure you feel comfortable and aren’t straining when walking whilst pregnant, you don’t want to walk so far that you exhaust yourself.
An important part of exercising whilst pregnant is listening to your body. If you have strange aches and pains, feel short of breath, get dizzy or in anyway don’t feel like things are ‘right’ you should seek the advice of your medical professionals as there could be something else going on that needs to be addressed.
Listen to what your body is saying – are you really tired? Then do some gentle stretches or mediation to relax. Are you feeling sore? Go for a short walk to get everything moving. You ultimately know what feels right for you.
Including some form of exercise into each day will help to benefit your body and mind whilst pregnant so remember to speak to your obstetrician, GP or midwife about what will suit you best during your pregnancy.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Pack
Did you know the Healthy Mummy has a Pregnancy Pack?
The Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake.
Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.
It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.