Pregnancy Exercise Q&A With Mummy Bootcamp
Hi everyone, my name is Shelly and I’m from Mummy Bootcamp! I’m expecting my first baby this year and I’m eager to keep active during my pregnancy.
I sat down with Brian Ankers, our Fitness Instructor to go through some of my FAQs that I have during pregnancy!
1. I found that my GP and consultant all gave me quite vague and very different answers about what exercise can I do?
You need to follow your common sense as it will differ for every woman. What were your fitness levels prior to pregnancy? If you were active, then you can keep up a moderate level of exercise. However, if you were more sedentary, then it’s best to keep it to walking. It also depends on what stage of pregnancy you are at as the level of exercise advised differs for each. At all stages, avoid anything with impact. Walking and swimming are the most beneficial for pregnant women at all stages.
2. Can I hurt my baby while exercising?
If your heart is under pressure then so is your baby, so try and keep your heart rate below 140bpm or in laymans terms ‘be able to hold a conversation’ while working out. You want to avoid putting too much stress on your baby, however it is recommended to keep active during pregnancy so listen to your body at all times, if it doesn’t feel right, dont do it.
3. Can I lie on my stomach?
Doing exercises where you lie on your on stomach is a no go and should be avoided.
4. Im so tired, do you still recommend exercise?
Your body is telling you to rest so best to listen to your body at all times. So it’s either you’re doing too much and you need to take it down a notch, or your baby is demanding all your energy at that time – it could be that you feel better in a week or two. If your tiredness persists let your doctor know as it might be a sign of low iron levels.
5. How can I motivate myself if I’m feeling tired and hungry all the time?
Willpower and discipline, you’ll enjoy your grub more after you have a walk done. You’ll have a better appetitie and better sleep that night with exercise. Exercise will help your body to work more efficiently so if you are suffering from constipation, varicose veins, bloating, back ache – it will help ease these side effects.
6. Why is it important to keep fit in pregnancy?
Keeping fit gives your baby a step in the right direction before they come into the world. Your baby benefits from your fitness and it may also help you prepare for labour. It will also help you return to your pre-baby body quicker after your little one is born.
7. What are the top things I can do in pregnancy to help my recovery?
Maintain your exercise and eating habits. 80% of good health starts in the kitchen so even if you cant bring yourself to walk around the block, try and prepare your food from scratch if possible and make double while you are at it so that you have a lunch/dinner for the next day too.
8. After I have had my baby, what can I expect from myself and my fitness?
Fitness levels will drop significantly, as you haven’t done high intensity exercise in over 9 months (maybe more time) so it will take you time to build yourself back up. The first place to start is with walking.
You will also have an increase in body fat as the body tends to store more fat in pregnancy. Your lung capacity mightn’t be at its max making exercise feel tougher, but dont throw the towel in – try and seek out something like our Mummy N Buggy classes which is a dedicated Mummy fitness class where you can bring your baby so no need for a sitter. All other participants are new moms too so it’s a great place to meet up and chat about your experiences!
9. Does it always need to be pregnancy specific workouts or can I go to a normal gym?
There are exercises that you should avoid so I would definitely recommend that you start out under supervision getting a specific programme from your gym instructor.
Speak with your GP before taking on any new exercise programme. The information contained on eumom.ie is not a substitute for examination, diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional. If in doubt, always consult your doctor.
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