Summer’s coming: exercise tips for soon-to-be moms
There’s usually that one thing on every mom-to-be’s mind: our changing bodies. Now it’s May, the sun is shining and you’re probably thinking about rockin’ some cute maternity dresses and skirts. But is it safe for pregnant women to exercise?
The short answer is yes. Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits for both you and your baby, but there are definitely some exercises and positions you should avoid. Here are a few tips for you and your tiny workout buddy, to keep you both safe this summer.
DO work your core. Working your core is safe in the first and second trimester, but there are a few adjustments you should make. Rather than laying flat on your back, try four-point kneeling on your hands and knees and use your elbows to support you when lying on your back or front. This can help minimize disruption of the abdominal wall during pregnancy.
DO use weights. Using weights is will help maintain muscle tone during pregnancy and minimize aches and pains. Just make sure to use lighter weights and reduce range of motion (especially as your baby bump grows). Steer clear of any machine with a pad that presses against your belly.
DO eat enough. Exercise burns calories, so make sure you are eating enough for you and your unborn baby. Talk to your health care provider for information on the amount you need throughout your pregnancy.
DON’T do high-intensity workouts. Your joints are less stable because of a hormone called relaxin released during your pregnancy, so high-intensity exercises are generally unsafe. Modify your high-impact exercises or try low-impact activities like yoga, Pilates, swimming or biking.
DON’T lie on your back after the first trimester. This position can restrict blood flow to and from the heart. Make sure your chest is elevated above your hips, using an incline bench or your elbows.
Lastly, DON’T ignore the feedback from your own body; growing a tiny human is exhausting. Your body knows what it can handle, so listen to it!
Try and make a routine of exercising regularly, so that it’s easier on your body. Summertime is a perfect excuse to go for walks, ride your bike or do some stretching in your backyard. At the end of the day, staying active during your pregnancy will prepare your baby for the stress of labour and help you bounce back quicker after delivering.
Please note that this information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Always talk to your caregiver and let them know about your exercise regime.
Bellas! Check out our active wear to keep you comfortable while you sweat.
The Smoothie Crop
Great for moderate exercise, adjustable straps for variations in bust size.
Move Workout Capris with Belly Band Support
The Mumband is built into these pants to support your belly with gentle compression and upward lift. Belly support, check. Back support, check. Comfort, check. What more do you need?
Bamboo Workout Tee
Ultra soft workout top with twin zips on each side for quick and easy access to breastfeed. The bamboo fabric allows for stretch and maximum comfort!
- Jaida Shenfield
a Fabulous freelance writer, and apart of the Ella Bella Maternity Boutique team!