Being pregnant brings so many changes to your body, and the fitter and more active you are during your pregnancy the easier it will be for your body to adapt to these changes – including changing shape and weight gain. Being fit and healthy will also help you cope with labour better and get back into shape post-baby.
The NHS offers the following advice:
- Keep going with your normal exercise routine as long as it feels comfortable and don’t exercise to the point of exhaustion.
- If you didn’t regularly exercise before becoming pregnant now is not the time to start, but keep active and take walks when you can.
- If you are still attending gym classes then make sure to tell the instructor so they can advise you as to whether the class is still appropriate.
- If the weather or class is too hot then don’t overdo it, and make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids.
- Moderate strength work. Either at the gym or at home, workouts will help build muscles that will aid with carrying the extra weight, improve your joints, improve circulation, ease backache and boost your overall wellbeing.
- Swimming is great choice of exercise during pregnancy as it will ease the pressure on the joints by supporting the additional weight.
There will be a free six week course of Aquanatal at Rye Sports Centre starting 11th January, from 9.30 to10am Aquanatal is a water based exercise class suitable for women over 16 weeks pregnant, and it’s an opportunity to meet others whilst exercising. Aquanatal is specifically designed for pregnant women and includes pelvic floor exercises and how to regulate your breathing.
Booking is essential. Call Karen or Charlotte on 01424 726450 to secure your place.
You can also visit the Active Rother activities page for more exercise classes, but always consult your doctor before starting something new.