Series 3 : Finding the healthy balance for baby and you
Studies have shown that women who keep fit during pregnancy often enjoy easier, shorter and less complicated labors as well as a faster return to fitness post birth. According to the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendations, 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is recommended every week. Fitness, wellness, and community are known to be the foundation for a healthy mind and body after giving birth.
What does this mean?
The fitness industry is booming. Today, people value their physical and mental health more than ever. Everyone is familiar with the lifelong benefits of an active lifestyle and a balanced diet. A recent report by Sport England states that one in three children is not active enough, while in 2018 councils made £300 million available to get more kids active and to help the older generation to exercise more often. Pregnant moms are often an overlooked group. More investment, information and opportunities for pregnancy friendly fitness is required.
What does this mean for me?
Up to 80% of women are affected by pregnancy-related back pain or other conditions, which can leave long lasting impacts on their bodies if not treated. Most exercise is safe during pregnancy. There is evidence that physical activity may prevent gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops during pregnancy), relieve stress, and build more stamina needed for labor and delivery. The safest and most productive activities are swimming, brisk walking, indoor stationary cycling, step or elliptical machines, and low-impact aerobics (taught by a certified aerobics instructor). These activities carry little risk of injury, benefit your entire body, and can be continued until birth. According to the NHS, specific exercises such as stomach strengthening exercises, pelvic tilt and pelvic floor exercises will pave the way for a fitter pregnancy. However, if you are not sure, you should always check with your obstetrician.