Your Best Body
As a new survey reveals over 37 per cent of women cut back on exercise during pregnancy, we’ve got the lowdown on bump-friendly fitness
Pregnant and worried about working out? According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: ‘All women should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strengthconditioning exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy.’ Despite this, a survey by Deep Freeze* of 1,000 women with a child under three revealed 16 per cent worried exercise would hurt their baby and 30 per cent worried it would make them miscarry. One in five women avoided exercise because of back pain but studies show keeping active can actually help to reduce back pain and problems in pregnancy and can combat fatigue. Here’s how to exercise when you’re expecting. Ultimate Accessory Growing tum getting in the way of exercise? The genius Upsie Belly band will support your bump, making it easier to increase your range of motion. It moulds to your belly and comes with hot and cold gel packs for post-workout relief. Expert Advice Women’s health guru Catherine Hood says: ‘Think twice about high-impact activities and avoid contact sports. Swimming, yoga or walking provide effective, low-risk workouts. In the later stages of pregnancy, avoid exercises that involve lying on your back, as this can restrict blood flow to your baby.’ Box Of Goodies Designed by fitness specialist Dr Joanna Helcké, creator of the UK’S first online pregnancy and postnatal fitness subscription, the Fitbumpbox includes a resistance band, handmade Pilates cushion and mini Pilates ball, plus a surprise gift. You’ll also get a subscription to Joanna’s online workout programme, which gives you access to over 50 videos as well as recipes, advice and a members’ forum. At-home Workout After the success of her Results With Lucy online training programme, Lucy Mecklenburgh has launched Results With Bump. Designed for expectant mums from two to 40 weeks, it features regularly updated workouts (meaning you won’t get bored), stretch and relaxation programmes and trimester-specific tips from a resident midwife. Most workouts need no equipment, there’s a free sevenday trial and you can cancel at any time.
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