Take it from me…

This month, Olympic cy­clist Laura Kenny tells us how she’s kept ac­tive through­out her preg­nancy...

Mother & Baby (UK) - - UPFRONT -

‘Ex­er­cise makes me feel nor­mal, so when I dis­cov­ered I was preg­nant, I knew I wanted to stay ac­tive for as long as I could. I kept up with my usual rou­tine un­til I was about 15-16 weeks, then started to pare it back a bit. Once I started show­ing, I felt un­com­fort­able on my bike, and as I needed the toi­let about 20 times a day, there just didn’t seem any point in go­ing out on it! So I just popped on the sta­tion­ary bike in the garage in­stead and started go­ing swim­ming too – I’d do a few lengths of back­stroke in the slow lane. But if I ever felt too tired, I’d just go for a walk around the block, as I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to lis­ten to what your body is telling you. I ate pretty healthily, but was so hun­gry to start with. I’d wake up at 4am crav­ing Scotch pan­cakes and would creep down­stairs to eat them. In the end I just brought a packet up to bed with me ev­ery night, so I could munch on them in bed!’

Laura is sup­port­ing the HSBC UK City Ride, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to take part in free cy­cle rides across the UK. Find your clos­est one at let­sride.co.uk

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