Gentle exercise during pregnancy is a lovely way to aid relaxation, maintain your fitness levels and help you to feel happy and positive. If you are expecting a baby, and whether you are in the first, second or third trimester, it is truly important that you do the right sort of exercise. To keep both you and your growing baby safe it is highly advisable to exercise with an instructor who is fully trained in pre and post natal fitness – this will also give you peace of mind.
Pregnancy affects our bodies in so many ways: posture is altered, the abdominals lengthen and stretch, and the pelvic floor is put under a great deal of strain. Taking part in a regular exercise programme that is tailored for expectant women will not only increase your energy levels and help prevent lower back pain but it will also encourage a more speedy post natal recovery.
A MUM AND BABY WORKOUT
Increased Resistance – Water provides additional resistance, making exercises challenging, especially if aqua equipment is used.
Supportive Medium – Ensuring little or no muscle soreness after exercising. Training in water also reduces the risks of injury.
Strengthening of Core, Back and Pelvic Muscles – Increasing muscle tone and preventing or reducing back pain, whilst also reducing risks of postnatal urinary incontinence.
Increases Flexibility – A valuable quality for childbirth.
EXCELLENT HEALTH ATTRIBUTES
Temperature Regulation – Water provides the opportunity to exercise without overheating and without endangering your body.
Feeling Weightless – The water’s buoyancy supports your body, reduces impact and promotes a greater freedom of movement, making it safe for you and the baby.
Improves Circulation – Water pressure act as pump to boost blood flow towards your baby.
Less Painful Legs – Reduces leg and ankle swellings, in addition to reducing the occurrence of varicose veins.
Improves Sleep – Ensuring a much desired goodnight’s sleep!
Prepares You For Birth
Breathing Exercises – Used to calm the body, essential for childbirth.
Promotes Psychological Well-being – Provides great mental and physical relaxation leading to the release of the ‘happy hormones’, thus greatly reducing the risk of depression.
Mum and Baby bonding!!!!