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Not sure how pregnancy affects your exercise regime? We’ve got the answers. 

When pregnant, the hormone relaxin loosens your ligaments, which could increase the risk of joint injuries. When you progress through your pregnancy, your body’s centre of gravity moves, which can alter balance and co-ordination. So take extra care on things where you need to balance.

When you are pregnant, your resting heart rate increases, so rather than using a heart rate monitor, another method to work out the intensity of your workout is use the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE). You want to be able to have a conversation with someone, you don’t want to be too red in the face, and you don’t want to push yourself as hard as you would if you weren’t pregnant.

In the second trimester, your blood pressure drops, so it is important to avoid rapid changes of position – from lying to standing, and vice versa – so as not to experience dizzy spells.

There are a number of activities you CAN do whilst pregnant. They include:

  • Pelvic Floors are SO important before, during and after pregnancy
  • Pregnancy friendly classes – Check out my online Exercising Safely while Pregnant Program – Pregnant Mum, Fit Mum www.amandaferguson.com.au
  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Pregnancy Yoga – make sure they are pre/post natal qualified.
  • Pregnancy Pilates – make sure they are pre/post natal qualified.
  • Water aerobics
  • Stationery bike – outdoor bikes should be OK before 5 months – but that will depend on your balance
  • Running – some pregnant women find running ok, especially if they did a lot of running before falling pregnant, this is the same with weight training. But again, listen to your body and consult a professional if you have any questions, especially in relation to strength/weight training.
  • Really good to know i was quite worried about exercising once i get pregnant

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  • I loved swimming and I’m sure my bub did too! She would wiggle & ripple all over the place (maybe because it was cold?!).

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  • Thanks for the ideas on activities while pregnant

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  • I loved swimming while pregnant, was a great exercise

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  • water aerobics is a great idea

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  • I loved swimming when I was pregnant.

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  • an interesting read and worthwhile information

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  • some very handy tips for doing exercise while pregnant

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  • Swimming was great when pregnant! Takes the weight off all your joints!

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  • I considered house work was enough exercise and when you start nesting you really do alot of work

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  • adaptation is the main thing

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  • I’m not much of an exerciser. but will definitely be getting into walking everyday. I’ve only got 3 weeks left and am ready to go :)

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  • I did pregnancy yoga. I loved it, I also tried to walk as much as I could.

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  • Some great tips I didn’t even know. Thanks

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  • I have always exercised anf when I get pregnant I plan to keep it up;) healthy baby!!

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