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We know that fitness is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment and we can almost hear the chorus of expectant mums sighing, “ugh, exercise” in disgust. While we would love to say this post involves sitting on the sofa devouring chocolate and cupcakes, we can’t, but don’t despair just yet!
Studies have shown that the more active and fit you are during pregnancy, the easier it will be for you adapt to your changing body, help with labour and get back into shape after your little bundle is born.
It's important to check with your doctor before you start any workout routine. Remember, your goal is to keep you and your baby fit, not to train for the next Olympics! So try our four safe, easy and doctor approved exercises for you and your baby.
Even if you’re an avid gym avoider, this is a very easy and effective exercise that anyone can do. A brisk walk around the block, to the shops or even taking the dog to the park all counts and will provide a great cardiovascular workout with little impact on your knees and ankles.
Castlemils top tip: It is important to wear supportive footwear but don’t panic if your favourite trainers are now too tight- it is common for feet to swell in the later trimesters.
Swimming is a firm favourite of all the Castlemil mums-to-be. It poses little risk of injury to mum and bump, plus the water gives the feeling of weightlessness! This is a great form of cardio and the best part? You can swim even in your final month of pregnancy!
Castlemils top tip: Dressing a growing bump can be difficult at the best of times, and buying swimwear is no exception. Remember that ruching is your best friend during pregnancy; the stretchy side panels move to accommodate your changing body and now come in some amazing prints and colours!
As your baby grows, your centre of gravity will change, and you can lose your sense of balance and coordination. Cycling on a stationary bike lowers risk of injury, helps to get your heart pumping and doesn’t put too much stress on your joints.
Castlemils top tip: If you're lacking the motivation to complete your workout, try listening to a 20 minute playlist or watch your favourite soap whilst riding. To aid your comfort, raise the handlebars of the bike.
We know what you’re thinking- “there's no way you'll catch me doing the Downward Dog or striking a Warrior pose!" Prenatal yoga is abundant on Instagram, but for good reason. Yoga has lots of benefits to those expecting, such as helping strengthen muscles, promoting circulation, keeping joints limber and maintaining flexibility. Wait, there's more! Yoga aids relaxation, which may have benefits for managing blood pressure, and the breathing techniques could help to keep you calm during labour.
Castlemils top tip: It's really important to listen to your body, skip positions that challenge your balance and avoid over-stretching. Steer clear of poses that require you to lie flat on your back during your second trimester.
Stop exercising and call your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.