The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - CHRIS HONNERY

FIT­NESS ex­perts are call­ing for greater reg­u­la­tion for per­sonal train­ers when it comes to keep­ing preg­nant moth­ers fit.

In the age of so­cial me­dia and “post-baby body” im­ages flood­ing In­sta­gram, an in­creas­ing num­ber of mums-to-be are tak­ing up fit­ness classes.

It has sparked con­cern from in­dus­try ex­perts who are warn­ing women they should choose wisely when it comes to train­ing while preg­nant.

Pre and post na­tal coach Mar­ley McDonogh said not enough per­sonal train­ers had the rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions to train ex­pec­tant moth­ers.

He has called for more ac­count­abil­ity to en­sure both mum and bub re­main healthy.

“What con­cerns me the most is peo­ple train­ing out­side their scope of prac­tice,” he said.

The Health and Fit­ness In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends train­ers ad­vise their preg­nant clients to con­sult a doc­tor be­fore tak­ing part.

Soon-to-be mum Anita Fitz­patrick said she had spo­ken to her GP and done her re­search be­fore get­ting into train­ing while preg­nant.

“I’ve al­ways been into fit­ness so I wanted to con­tinue while I was preg­nant,” she said.

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