Listen to your body
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!