Get Moving Baby! Pregnancy and Exercise

Hi there Boot Campers

I often get asked about pregnancy and exercise, do I, don’t I, what do I do, what should I do, etcetera….  So I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to all the pregnant ladies and their partners out there.

I am totally aware that often when you fall pregnant, you have fears for your baby’s health, and often the partners are the WORST!!!  They want to treat you like an invalid, make you sit in one place and do nothing.  The fact is that if you are healthy and baby is healthy, the BEST thing you can do for BOTH of you is to get moving and keep moving!!!

Although pregnancy seems like the perfect time to sit back and relax and “eat for two”; the truth is that exercise and healthy eating will help keep you in shape AND prepare your body for labour and delivery of your baby, AND for quicker recovery after giving birth to your precious bundle.

pregnancyWe also know that often you feel more tired during pregnancy, you may experience nausea (the dreaded “morning sickness”); your ankles may be swollen; but guess what?  Unless you are experiencing serious complications; sitting around and being inactive is actually the worst thing you can do!!!  Remember ladies…. You are PREGNANT; you are not ILL!!!!!


Why Exercise During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, exercise can:

  • Ease or prevent back pain and other discomforts
  • Boost your energy levels
  • Prevent excess weight gain (you will be greatful for this after your pregnancy!)
  • Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related high blood pressure and postpartum depression
  • Increase stamina and muscle strength, which helps you prepare for labour

Pregnancy and Exercise: Getting the OK

Before you begin an exercise program, make sure you have your doctor’s OK. Although exercise during pregnancy is generally good for both mother and baby, you’ll need to proceed with caution if you have a history of preterm labor or certain medical conditions, including:

  • Poorly controlled diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Placenta previa, a problem with the placenta that can cause excessive bleeding before or during delivery

Pacing it for Pregnancy

For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of exercise is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week — but even shorter or less frequent workouts can help you stay in shape and prepare for labour.

Walking is a great exercise for beginners.  It provides moderate aerobic conditioning with minimal stress on your joints.  Other good choices include swimming, rowing and cycling on a stationary bike.  Strength training is OK, too, such as the bodyweight exercises we perform at Extreme Boot Camp; however avoid lifting heavy weights.

Remember to warm up before; and stretch after each workout.  Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and be careful to avoid overheating.  No matter how dedicated you are to being in shape, don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion.

To stay motivated; start small; and gradually build up your strength.  Always listen to your body and remember that being physically fit and strong; will benefit both you and baby.

Until next time Boot Campers; stay strong; stay fit; eat healthy; and keep training like a WARRIOR!!!

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