What is a safe exercise during pregancy?
Updated: Jan 29
If you are reading this blog, I take it congratulations are in order. This is such an exciting and amazing time and no doubt you are keen to give yourself the best possible start to parenthood whilst you are pregnant. Both with your physical health and your emotional wellbeing. It’s no secret that exercise is a fantastic way to look after your body and that being in water can provide the safest form of exercise whilst pregnant whilst also being incredibly relaxing
The Benefits of Water Workout
Gain a useful insight into your body, how your hormones are preparing your body for birth, birth positions and labour.
Help reduce blood pressure, as just being in water causes your body to naturally rid itself of excess water and salt and alleviate swollen ankles and wrists.
Improves cardiovascular efficiency, helping pump more blood around the body and to the placenta, providing baby with more oxygen and nourishment.
Emotional benefits with the water helping relieve tension and aiding the release of your body’s natural endorphins helping keep you and baby relaxed.
Circulation is enhanced, helping to prevent varicose veins and haemorrhoids
Suitable and beneficial for those suffering with pelvic girdle pain. All exercise is in the pool so you can benefit from feeling cushioned by the water at all times.
Safe for non- swimmers.
Helps you sleep
Reduces your chances of getting pre-eclampsia, varicose veins and more
If you get gestational diabetes it can help control your blood sugar
You're less likely to suffer with pregnancy niggles such as back ache, constipation and cramps
You may well have a shorter labour
You have a higher chance of having a vaginal birth and less intervention
Most pre & Post Natal classes run for 45 minutes classes begin with a gentle warm up, to prepare your body before engaging in the fun cardio segment, In water depth suitable for all, even if a non confident swimmer. The exercises used can be adapted to all levels of fitness and physical capability. A good class will Included invaluable antenatal education, breathing techniques to help during all stages of your birthing process, important exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscle, and a wonderful relaxation section to finish, which will help you feel calm as well as enjoying a lovely bonding moment for you and baby.
I run two Pre/Post AquaNatal classes on Tuesdays 10.30am at Copthall Leisure Centre and on Tuesdays 7pm at Finchley Lido Leisure Centre
Please find a link to a wonderful article about swimming whilst pregnant by Haylley Pittman