Assuming you are having a normal, straight forward pregnancy, exercise during your pregnancy is not only completely safe, but comes with many health benefits and is great fun to boot!
As a fully qualified and experienced pre and postnatal trainer, Katy knows how to get the best out of you and how to work you safely and effectively at this delicate and exciting time in your life. Her goal with all the mummies she works with is to maintain fitness levels through strength and conditioning work and appropriate cardiovascular exercise all individually tailored to their unique biomechanics. At the same time, she aims to prepare your body for the rigours of labour, prevent abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and protect the pelvic floor through work on alignment, correct thoracic breathing and relevant releases.
How it works
Sessions follow a similar structure. The weekly sessions will start with a thorough warm-up, then a 15 minute cardio section to help keep bodyweight down and improve cardio vascular health. We will then have a long strength and conditioning section particularly focussing on labour preparation with a lot of leg and butt work. We will then do specific core work to improve core function, support the baby and your spine.
In addition to these weekly sessions there is the option to do one additional session per month where Katy uses her expertise as a rehabilitation specialist to do work to protect the pelvic floor and help prevent diastasis recti (abdominal separation). You will then be given a sheet of exercises to do as homework to complete along side the weekly prenatal fitness sessions. Therefore one week per month you will have an additional session, the general prenatal session (that does not give any homework) and one preventative exercise session.
Exercise during pregnancy:
- Leads to easier and shorter labour
- Helps to maintain your fitness levels
- Leads to a quicker postnatal recovery
- Reduced maternal weight gain
- Reduced swelling and leg cramps
- Reduced risk of lower back pain
- Reduced the risk of developing/eases the symptoms of gestational diabetes
Exercise during pregnancy does not increase the risk of low birth weight, preterm delivery, or early pregnancy loss. It is one of the best things you can do both for yourself and your unborn baby and will provide your little one with the best possible start in life.
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