Activities during pregnancy – what is allowed?
We live in a very image and health conscious society and the thought of being pregnant and not being able to work out might cause some women to break out in a sweat (but of the cold variety!)
However, there are some activities that are completely safe to do whilst pregnant, and some that should be avoided. We have highlighted three different activities in our latest blog.
As always, it is best to speak to your GP or midwife before starting something new, or if you have any concerns.
If you consider yourself to be a walker, you should be pretty safe to carry on walking during your pregnancy. In fact, walking is a great activity to do whilst pregnant as it encourages blood circulation around your body, raises your heartbeat slightly and also helps to get you some fresh air, which is always welcome!
However, pregnancy does cause strain to your back and ankles. Make sure that you wear supportive trainers or walking boots (not wellies – not supportive enough!) and that your ankles are protected whilst you are walking. It is advisable to stay away from walking up and down hilly areas or difficult and complex walking routes after 20 weeks.
Don’t forget the supportive bra when you are out walking – if your breasts are left in an unsupportive bra, you’ll probably get pretty sore, as well as possible back ache. Our Second Skin maternity bra is perfect for a low intensity walk, keeping you secure and comfortable at the same time!
Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to run after the 20th week of pregnancy. This is due to the strain and stress that running puts on a number of the joints (as well as your breasts) and the possible negative impact that it may have on your pelvic floor muscles. And no one wants that!
If you are an experienced runner, we would really recommend seeking out professional advice before going any further down the running track!
There are many benefits to swimming during pregnancy – the water supports your growing bump and body and the exercise is once again great for your circulation, with water stimulating your blood vessels, helping to alleviate swelling. Swimming also provides a great way to gain or maintain abdominal tone, which is always a bonus!
Swimming should be done at a leisurely pace when pregnant, so that you are not putting too much stress or strain on your muscles and your body – after all it should also be enjoyable. There are a number of antenatal water classes that you can book into at your local swimming pool; these offer exercise with a trained instructor as well as the chance to meet some new people! Also, it gives you the chance to get some wear out of this beauty – the Angelica tankini!