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

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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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