Time to put on your maternity tights and enjoy these three inspiring home pregnancy workouts
Staying fit and healthy is crucial during pregnancy – not just for your baby’s development but for aiding your delivery, recovery and above all boosting your energy and well-being during this huge change in your life.
Yes, it does require a little will power, particularly when it gets cold or your gym is a fair commute away. But if it gets too tough, here is your Plan B: get those maternity tights out of your wardrobe and star working out at home.
Not at all!
The reason home workouts don’t inspire or motivate some people is because;
- a) they haven’t put it in their diaries or
- b) they’re not dressing the part.
So remember to be motivated you need to wear exercise clothes that you feel really good in – not your old daggy tracksuit pants – so uninspiring!
Here are 3 inspiring workouts you can do anywhere at home:
Pilates and pregnancy go extremely well together because this form of gentle exercise is a simple, adaptable and safe way to build core strength, and tone abdominal, back, and pelvic floor muscles – all ideal to better support you throughout pregnancy and during baby’s delivery.
And did I say Pilates will also help you return to your pre-pregnancy figure after your baby is born in no time? If I didn’t, I should certainly stress it because quick weight loss after delivery is certainly a very welcomed bonus for most of us! Right?
As always, before starting any type of exercise during pregnancy, please ask your doctor or midwife to make sure it’s the right workout for you. Once you are given the green light, it’s time to find a fun Pilates workout that inspires you. Ask your friends, your fitness instructor or simply do an Internet search. There are many Pilates workouts available on YouTube but you need to make sure they are reliable and trustworthy.
And go for it! Grab your PregFit pregnancy tights, a light tee, a bottle of water and a mat and enjoy.
While pre-natal Pilates is not particularly strenuous, always remember to listen to your body (and baby) and pace yourself. If at any point should you feel too winded to talk in a casual tone and tempo, or if you feel dizziness, faintness, nausea, racing heart, shortness of breath, uterine contractions, bleeding or leaking fluid, and headache, you know it’s time to slow down.
Otherwise, have fun with your Pilates workout!
It seems hard to believe that such a simple object like a Fit Ball can have so many benefits for pregnancy. But it does. Believe me.
Used in hospital birthing centres for years, a Fit Ball will strengthen your legs, back, and core muscles while helping you find relaxation, comfort, and physical relief.
As weight increases in your second trimester, you’ll find your normal posture slightly altered and additional strain placed on your muscles. A fitness ball is good for exercising the deep, supportive muscles in the lower back and surrounding spine so after a few workouts you’ll notice a better posture and you’ll be less prone to experiencing backache.
Look for a professional-quality Fit Ball that is made of burst-resistant, easily inflatable materials and that is the correct size for your body – so if your height is below 1.6m, you’ll need a 55 cm ball but if you’re taller than that, then look for a 65 cm ball.
Are you worried about losing your balance?
How about training with a friend or with your partner? Sharing moments like this during your pregnancy will make the workout a lot more enjoyable and will help you make sure everything goes as it should.
Ready to try?
Put your super comfy PregFit maternity tights on and try this Fit Ball routine today if you feel up for it!
This is it! The Big Day is fast approaching!
With the anticipation and the thrill of seeing your baby in no time are accompanied by a range of rather uncomfortable symptoms – additional heaviness in your body, enhanced back pain, increased blood pressure and breathlessness, difficulty in finding a comfortable position to relax and sleep, and the list goes on.
That’s why, this is the perfect time for you to really pamper yourself.
Gentle Yoga exercises will increase your ability to deal with the discomfort generally associated with the third trimester.
Yoga practice will also familiarise yourself with your body, breath and voice in ways that can greatly improve your labour experience. Yoga cultivates your ability to stay centred focused and relaxed, and that’s a skill you’ll value during your baby’s delivery.
As Katie Brown – Yoga teacher, Massage therapist and doula from Sydney’s Northern beaches –explains “the benefits of practising yoga go beyond your pregnancy and birth. Taking time out to nurture yourself and your baby through yoga and meditation can also help reduce the risk of postnatal depression (PND)”.
So find some time to nurture your body and your baby today while looking super gorgeous in PregFit’s maternity tights and maternity Yoga range.
Try this Yoga practice and enjoy a truly serene experience both of you are sure to love!
Celebrate your gorgeous expecting body when you exercise with PregFit’s fun and comfortable range of maternity exercise gear. You can check it out here.
I want you to feel inspired to embrace an active pregnancy. So choose the workout you will commit to do this week, please tell me what you chose or leave your feedback in the comments below.
Keeping you accountable,
Angela Fogarty, Mama in charge of Pregfit.com.au