Saturday, 28 September 2013
Exercise in Pregnancy
Most pregnant women are subjected to (mainly) well-meaning but irritating advice from complete strangers during pregnancy, I suppose it prepares you for the barrage of advice you get when baby arrives! But poor Lea-Ann received nearly 2000 comments on Facebook - and 4000 shares! - after her private pictures went viral. Some comments were thankfully positive, and referred to other pregnant women's own training regimes, but unfortunately most reactions were negative.
But as Lea-Ann herself said, she has had no bodily niggles like backache or sciatic nerve pains, and none of the other common side effects of pregnancy. She attributes this to her exercise regime. And who can argue with her? Surely continuing with a pre-natal exercise regime, albeit adapted as Lea-Ann's apparently is, is better than giving up completely and becoming a couch potato?
But what if you don't have a pre-pregnancy exercise regime, does that entitle you to couch potato-hood? Of course not! We are all likely to have better pregnancies and easier, faster births if our bodies are in good condition. Even if you have previously done no exercise whatsoever, beginning a light work out programme is advised.
The most recommended exercises for pregnancy are swimming or aquarobics, particularly in the latter stages, as the water helps support your bump and looser ligaments. And of course walking, which is one of the best types of all-round exercise. Walking in nature provides the triple whammy of good, clean air to breathe and the relaxing effect of the natural environment, as well as the general benefits of exercise and endorphin release. So pregnant mamas, don your Skecher Go Walk shoes and get out there!
What exercise did you do/are you doing during pregnancy?