Exercising during pregnancy can be something that many women worry about. Whether it’s safe for mum and baby is the main concern. But taking regular, moderate exercise can be really beneficial for both you and your baby. It can help your body prepare and adjust as your pregnancy develops, boost your mood, combat backaches and fatigue, keep your blood sugar levels balanced and can even shorten labour.
Obviously, it’s always best to consult with your GP or Health Visitor if you’re considering exercising, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue to live a healthy, active lifestyle while pregnant.
What exercises are generally safe?
Most activities are safe during pregnancy as long as you don’t over do it. It all depends on your previous level of fitness and ability as to what is sensible for you. Obviously, now is not the time to make that ascent of Everest or crank up the training for the marathon to the max, but what’s right for you will differ from the next person. As long as you’re not in any discomfort and are able to breathe well enough to easily hold a conversation while you exercise, you’re probably within a sensible range.
Walking, swimming and yoga can all be beneficial during pregnancy. Also, exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor. If you decide to do any fitness classes, it’s always best to check that the instructor is qualified to run sessions for pregnant women. You don’t always have to go to classes to stay fit though. Doing the housework, being at work, running around after any other children and generally keeping active can all help you stay healthy.
What exercises should I avoid during pregnancy?
Taking part in dangerous or contact sports isn’t recommended while pregnant. Activities like horse riding, squash and skiing, for example are considered risky because the likelihood of falling or being hit in the stomach are reasonably high. Diving is another sport that is not recommended due to the risk of the oxygen supply being disrupted.
It’s all about assessing any risks to you and your baby. Even if you have to give up an activity you love for a few months, you can always go back to it once your baby is born. If you have any medical complications or are in any in doubt, always consult your doctor and err on the side of caution.
Capturing the beauty of pregnancy
Keeping fit and healthy is a really important part of helping your body to adapt to the huge changes that happen during pregnancy. It’s fascinating to watch and feel all these incredible developments taking place. If you’d like to capture this special chapter of your life, why not come down to the Tiny Posers photography studio for a maternity photo shoot? There’s something so ethereally beautiful about an expectant mum that’s a delight to photograph. If you’d like to capture that beauty, get in touch to book your session.
The Tiny Posers Photography studio specialises in natural, classic and high-end baby and family portrait photography in the London and Essex area, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Brentwood, Shenfield, Upminster, Loughton, North London, South London, London and others.