Lis­ten to your body

Shape (Singapore) - - From The Editor’s Desk - LOVE, Este e

P reg­nancy can be such a thorny pe­riod, es­pe­cially when there are many un­cer­tain­ties and causes for anx­i­ety. To make mat­ters worse, peo­ple have all sorts of opin­ions for mums-to-be, es­pe­cially when it comes to work­outs.

Some be­lieve in avoid­ing ex­er­cise al­to­gether, for fear of en­dan­ger­ing the preg­nancy, while oth­ers are ad­vo­cates of main­tain­ing a fit­ness rou­tine. Since ev­ery preg­nancy is dif­fer­ent, there’s no right or wrong, but one thing’s for sure – as long as your gy­nae gives the green light to do some form of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, you should feel em­pow­ered to get mov­ing. Af­ter all, the health ben­e­fits of pre­na­tal ex­er­cise are aplenty.

To get started, read our guide to work­ing out dur­ing preg­nancy (pg 40). Whether you like car­dio or strength-based ac­tiv­i­ties, there are ways to do them with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety. If you’re a fan of group classes like me, check out our rec­om­mended pre­na­tal fit­ness classes on pg 48 – they are great for boost­ing morale and keep­ing you on track. Be­cause car­ry­ing a baby takes a toll on your joints, mus­cles and pos­ture, make time to do some easy strength­en­ing moves (pg 44) ev­ery day. You will feel a dif­fer­ence in your body, prom­ise.

What­ever ex­er­cises you do, re­mem­ber to al­ways be tuned in to your needs. Due to the fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mones and phys­i­cal changes, what feels ef­fort­less at one mo­ment may be­come dread­ful the next. My top tips for en­joy­ing pre­na­tal work­outs: throw your ex­pec­ta­tions out of the win­dow, do what feels good, and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery ac­tive minute. Be­ing able to move freely is al­ready a bless­ing!

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