Don’t think you can stay fit and in shape throughout your pregnancy? Consider the case of Kimberly Wyatt, who showcased her enviable dancing skills on the hit television show “Got to Dance” whilst five months pregnant!
Kimberly demonstrated that pregnancy is certainly no excuse, nor obstacle, in the way of fitness. She was able to pull off everything from splits to high kicks, and in her free time, manages to stay busy with singing, choreography, her business and her role as a MaxiNutrition Ambassador. You can learn even more about Kimberly and how she stays in shape here.
She’s a fantastic example of women refusing to slow down for pregnancy. This isn’t just advantageous for physical appearance, training can assist women in coping with labour and the physical strain on the body that pregnancy imparts. Additionally, it will be that much easier to get back into shape after the birth of your child. Kimberly is on track, and you can be too with the right tips and insight.
1. Staying Safe: It’s important to stay safe whilst exercising during pregnancy. The good news is that whether you were always dedicated with your fitness before, or you’re starting now, you’ll be able to perform nearly any type of exercise as long as it isn’t high risk, as in heavy weights or heavy stress on the body. Keep your body well stretched before and after workouts, and don’t let yourself get too out of breath. Stay with moderate intensity so your body, and your baby, always have a full oxygen supply. If you ever feel faint or fatigued simply stop exercising and cool down.
2. Types of Exercises: Again, avoid heavy weights and heavy strains, as well as any type of contact or extreme sport. Low impact sports such as swimming, yoga, dancing and Pilates are perfect. You can train your core and utilise weights too, but focus on light weights and very moderate intensities.
3. Routines: Stick to a regular routine you’re comfortable with and keep it to roughly 30 minutes of exercise per day. This way, you will be promoting sleep and a consistent daily cycle, while alleviating back pain and aches, improving posture and maintaining muscle tone. Plan a routine for your entire pregnancy so you stay on track from the start.
4. Pelvic Floor Exercises: Pelvic floor exercises can be a wonderful addition for pregnant women. This is the muscle which maintains bowel and bladder control and supports the uterus within the body. Performing these exercises on a daily basis will keep the spine, back and core strong, and prevent bladder and/or bowel problems which sometimes occur post-birth.
5. Warm Up and Cool Down: Be sure to properly warm up and cool down before and after your exercise. Don’t just jump right in or out. This will help you prevent injury and unnecessary strain or risk and will help you and your body feel at its best.
Be sure to consult with your physician or midwife prior to planning your exercise during pregnancy. You may also want to consider a professional pre or post-natal trainer who is most familiar with this specific type of training.
For more Fit Tips From Kimberly, check out this Q&A.