When I found out I was expecting I was exercising everyday-Squash with Simon on a Friday, Tag Rugby & Yoga with my sister during the week, post-work Swims, extra curric Basketball with the junior students, dog walks and light 2K + 5K runs for little charity events.
18 weeks of morning sickness meant that just going for a walk was a small victory. Everything was NOT how I had imagined it would be. (That deserves its own blog post!)
Now I’m back swimming and finding it to be the most comfortable & safe form of exercise in pregnancy.
I’ve always thought swimming is seriously underrated as a form of getting fit anyway but now it’s the only form of exercise where I can work out my whole body and don’t have to worry about injury (my ligaments and joints are not the same), falling (oh the constant fear!) or overheating (living in the desert and being prego not an ideal combo).
If for no other reason, I do it for the simple feeling of weightlessness in the water which is such a welcome reprieve in the third trimester!
Please share any advice/tips you have for new Moms.
•For Maternity Swimwear I found www.asos.com to be the best as it ships internationally for free and the app is so handy for other maternity bits too.
•For swim gear such as goggles, hats, nose clips, ear plugs and underwater MP3’s then I must say www.decathlon.com is your best bet for inexpensive long lasting gear. Decathlon is now available in 26 countries.
Benefits of Aquanatal exercise:
- Great form of cardiovascular fitness.
- Reduced risk of injury.
- Reduces back pain.
- Helps Mommy stay fit for labour and post labour.
- Improves core stability.
- Prevents mommy from over heating (which can be a problem with other forms of exercise).
- Helps with Mommy + baby bonding.
- Improves breathing (more controlled).
- Helps with postnatal recovery.
- Reduces fluid retention.
- Might help sleep quality.
- Helps improve muscle tone.
- Promotes overall well being.