This month we spoke with nutritionist Fiona Campbell to get her top tips and advice for exercising during pregnancy. Fiona welcomed her daughter earlier this year and so shares her personal advice and the exercise routine she followed while she was pregnant.
How did you keep fit while pregnant?
I've always loved weight training so I kept up with that until I was around 8 months pregnant, but my biggest focus was Ashtanga yoga. This has always been the best way for me to stay fit, flexible and strong.
What type of exercise would you recommend for expectant mums?
Enjoying whatever form of exercise that your body has been used to prior to pregnancy is what my personal training coaches have said is best. Due to the hormonal and structural changes that happen to your body during pregnancy, it's not a good idea to launch into any new form of exercise with too much gusto - and if you do decide to incorporate something new, make sure you take it gently.
What are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy?
I had so much energy when I was pregnant and I can't believe that I managed to do things like climb stairs, do yoga, and enjoy weight training with over 30 extra pounds on my frame!
Is it ‘safe’ to exercise while pregnant?
If you exercise within safe limits and don't push yourself too hard too quickly then my experience has been that it's a great way to prepare your body for what's coming next.
Any there any exercises/types of exercise that should be avoided?
I was advised to start reducing my weights in the third trimester which I found I naturally wanted to do anyway. It's not fun to jump with a bump and I knew that my joints would be more prone to injury so I gave aerobics classes a miss. There are certain yoga poses that became more difficult and I looked to my yoga teacher to guide me through some safer and more comfortable adaptations. I never exercised to the point of exhaustion, and most importantly I got plenty of rest!
Do you have any nutritional tips for pregnant women?
Don't skip meals, and keep a water bottle with you at all times! I found that eating a good breakfast (see my recent interview with the makers of Isey Skyr) was the most important thing I did to keep my energy levels stable both during pregnancy and beyond.
Can you recommend any online forums or reading materials that have helped you with pregnancy fitness?
Yes! Pregnancy and Fitness should be able to answer most questions.
Disclaimer: It is important that you do what feels right for you and your body during pregnancy. Please consult a doctor or trained professional for further advice on exercising during pregnancy.
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