Staying Active Throughout Your Pregnancy & After
"I am pregnant, and want to stay active and keep exercising throughout my pregnancy. but nobody at my gym seems to know to much about pre & post Natal exercise?"
"I am pregnant, and want to start exercising lightly to help keep me a little active throughout my pregnancy, but do not know where to start."
"I have recently given birth and want to start exercising and working towards regaining my pre-pregnancy figure. What should I be doing?"
"I gave birth two months ago and want to get my tummy flatter, how I like it. But where do I start?"
There are many questions and scenarios that I could explain here for both Pre & Post Natal Exercise. But, it is important to say straight away that no one client and bump is the same. So there really is no rule of thumb, or set programme I can prescribe to you all. In this case, there really is no One size fits all!
Pregnancy is both a time for elation, happiness, fatigue and many hormonal changes within the body, and we all react to these things differently. I have had clients train right up to within a few days of giving birth, and others who have stopped around the beginning of the third trimester. It just comes down to your own comfort, ability and of course, size.
If you have been exercising up to and into the beginning of your pregnancy, then it is safe to continue. But seek professional advice from a qualified Pre & Post Natal Exercise Advisor before you do too much. You will need to gradually lower the intensity of your work outs as you progress.
On the other hand, if you have not been frequently exercising up to the time of finding out you are pregnant, it would be highly recommended that you try lower impact, mobility and strengthening exercises, rather than taking up a high impact fitness regime, such as running or zumba.
"Training with Lesley during my pregnancy was fantastic! She tweaked my exercises depending on how I felt for each session, she made me feel confident and helped me understand the nutritional needs of a pregnant woman. I only gained a small amount of excess weight during pregnancy and now I am back exercising, I can see the pre-pregnancy figure returning.... And I am delighted.
I 100% recommend you talk to Lesley if you want to stay active whilst carrying your baby! She helped me a huge amount!"
"Lesley has been providing me with personal training support on and off for one year. During this time my personal needs have changed, ie pre-pregnancy, during and after. At each phase, Lesley has tailored PT sessions to specifically suit my requirements. She has a vast knowledge of exercises that really hit the spot and if something isn't working she tweaks the workout to ensure maximum impact.
Lesley strongly believes that an exercise regime combined with sensible, healthy eating is the only way to get results. So she expects full commitment from her clients."
Exercise during pregnancy is totally safe, and can reduce your labour time by up to 30%. It can help both mother & baby stay healthy, reduce the amount of body fat gained and prevent back aches later on in the trimesters by improving core strength and posture.
Pre & Post Natal Nutrition is a key addition to my pregnancy service, allowing you to understand what is safe, what isn't and how much you should be eating.
This service has proved highly beneficial to a number of my clients who have felt overwhelmed by the information available on the internet.
If you are confused about nutritional requirements then please feel free to contact me to discuss this.
As EVERY pregnancy is different, I insist on meeting with clients prior to agreeing any training routines or booking any sessions. This initial meeting is FREE of charge and allows you to discuss your concerns, goals, requirements and will give me an opportunity to explain everything you need to know before proceeding. This is important for both PRE & POST natal.
I would always recommend and advise that you seek professional advice from a qualified Pre & Post Natal Exercise Advisor as well as your midwife, prior to taking up exercise.
If you have recently given birth, please allow 4-6 weeks after the event before returning to exercise. Ask your GP or Health Visitor at your check-up when it is safe to return before going ahead.
MY BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE TO ANY NEW MOTHER IS THIS: DO NOT START DOING AB CRUNCHES OR SIT UPS AFTER CHILD BIRTH UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO A PROFESSIONAL QUALIFIED TRAINER! THIS IS ESSENTIAL! IT CAN DAMAGE YOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES AND PREVENT YOU FROM HAVING A FLATTER TUMMY!