Exercise during Pregnancy. Everything you need to know.
Can you go to the gym whilst pregnant?
There has always been this scare about pregnant women going to the gym. Anything that can put your child’s well-being at a possible remote risk, it’s a definite no. However, it is time to put an end to that myth that wants women being sceptical about exercise during pregnancy.
Going to the gym while pregnant is absolutely safe and in fact, encouraged.
While exercise during pregnancy is encouraged, let’s not forget a big, basic factor. Healthy nutrition. Maintaining health on every level is essential so what I do with a pregnant client is to have her inform me of everything she eats.
That way, I can advise her on the best possible solution when it comes to nutrition because the most important factor is to know what to eat.
This is crucial because that way you can ward off problems like diabetes and high blood pressure which can play a negative role during pregnancy.
In terms of exercises
- Light cycling is good to get the blood flowing and to loosen up the back
- Squats with or without weights.
Without weights, what I usually do is get clients to pull their arms slightly behind them so their chest muscles stretch and their postural muscles at the back of the shoulders retract.
Squats focus on the lower back, being super engaged to improve the strength of the lower back and also use really slow reps on the way down for maximum effectiveness.