Having trained most of my life, pregnancy presented me with a new and exciting challenge of keeping fit! Exercise is really encouraged throughout pregnancy for a healthy mum and baby, plus being stronger and fitter is only going to help you in labour (if anything can help!)
I focus a lot of my training around the hips and glutes to reduce the risk of back pain during the final stages of pregnancy when bump is pretty heavy! And luckily so far, I haven't really had any aches or pains.
So here is a simple workout I've been doing to keep strong. All exercises are done using body weight as bump is providing me with the overload I need anyway! I 'm currently 10kg heavier than my pre baby weight so every exercise is essentially loaded now.
I find I'm doing the exercise slower and with more focus on control than output as balance is sometimes a bit off these days (big bump on the front change your centre of gravity somewhat!).
So take your time going through each exercise. I like to do each set once through as a circuit then go back to the start. You may find yourself out of breath more often than earlier in your pregnancy as your circulatory system is working overdrive. Take a minute or so between each exercise, and around 2 minutes rest after each circuit of all the exercises.
Working out when pregnant can be hard but it should never be painful. If you do get any pain during exercise make sure you consult your doctor or midwife to make sure you are safe to continue.
I am definitely enjoying the new challenge of keeping fit whilst growing a human!
Julie & Bump
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