Can You Really Exercise While Pregnant? Do it in style with super comfy and very trendy maternity shorts
No doubt you were over the moon to learn there was a little “Mini You” on his or her way! But for a lot of women, emotions can range from sheer delight to sheer terror as they imagine how life will change and what this might mean for their relationship. And once the initial buzz wears off a heightened awareness of the fragility of life causes many of them to feel hesitant about jumping into their maternity shorts and going out for a good workout.
Is their concern founded?
According to the NSW Ministry of Health it is perfectly safe to continue to exercise throughout pregnancy– in fact it’s important you continue your activity – as long as you have your midwife or doctor’s green light.
Here are some reassuring tips:
1: Respect Your Energy Levels
Experts worldwide agree that an average of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week will keep mum and baby healthy and strong.
Preferably, you should try to be active for about 10 minutes three times each day but realistically your body will dictate how far you can go on any given day. If you need to tone it down a notch one day, don’t hesitate. If you feel particularly strong and motivated another, make the most of it – grab a pair of Pregfit’s mega comfy maternity shorts or yoga pants and enjoy your favourite sport, your light jog, your yoga class or those evening walks with your partner or favourite canine companion.
Learning to listen to your very wise body is your number one rule so if at any point you don’t feel comfortable, simply don’t force yourself. Your body knows best!
2: Use Exercise to prepare for Labour
This is not the first time I’ve said that exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common “inconveniences” that come with becoming a mom. In fact, I like to make it a point to remind my lovely pregnant clients every now and then that a daily workout routine improves circulation (which at the same time helps prevent constipation, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles), it helps you sleep better, it improves your mood, it prevents back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the back and it controls your weight gain.
The list of benefits goes on, but preparing you for childbirth would have to be on top of that list. During labour, endurance is one of your best allies, so if you’ve built up your body to be stronger, you will probably need fewer medical interventions, you will feel less exhausted and end up having a shorter delivery. Unfortunately, being in shape will not decrease the pain, but it will definitely help give you the endurance you need to get through those intense hours.
3: And yes, you can keep running!
If you’re an obsessive runner, like most of us, we know that stopping during your pregnancy is not an option. In fact, as Dr. Lanalee Sam, MD, medical director for Elite Obstetrical and Gynecology in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and many other experts confirm, if you are fortunate to enjoy a healthy, low-risk pregnancy, there is no reason why you should make any changes to your running routine during the first and second trimesters (morning sickness permitting, of course!).
On the other hand, if you were never a runner, now is not the best time to start a strenuous new exercise regimen. If you are at risk of certain medical conditions, consult your physician before embarking on an exercise program regardless of how tempting those gorgeous maternity shorts might be.
If you intend to continue pounding the pavement and your physician has given you the OK, remember that as your centre of gravity changes later on in pregnancy and your abdomen gets bigger, there is a greater risk of losing your balance. Running indoors on a treadmill in a controlled environment is probably a better and safer option for you and your unborn child.
But you know what? This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a pair of gorgeous Pregfit maternity shorts or exercise tops! Now more than ever, your body needs excellent support and breathable materials that help you control your body temperature.
And remember, try to drink water before, during, and after your run, and keep drinking even if you don’t feel thirsty. If at any point your body is sending you signals to call it quits, listen to it.
If we’ve given you the confidence you needed to continue with your running routine, check out the PregFit range of maternity exercise clothing now, because you deserve to look and feel gorgeous while breaking out that sweat.
And please share in your comments to stay accountable and inspire other mamas-to-be!
Angela, Mama In Charge of Pregfit.com.au