Training when pregnant, is it safe?
Top tips for gym training whilst you are pregnant
If you are pregnant then it is incredibly important that you look after your body. Not only to keep the baby healthy, but also to ensure that you stay fit and healthy throughout too. There are a number of things that you can do to make sure that you stay feeling great whilst you are pregnant and one that you might not instantly think of is gym training.
So, with this in mind, we thought that it made perfect sense to put together some of our top tips for gym training. All of which can help inspire you to get fit and stay active, whilst you are pregnant.
Top cardio tips
Wondering whether cardio is still suitable when you are pregnant? The answer is yes. You might just need to make sure that you bring down the intensity. It is best to aim for an intensity rate between 3 and 5. This should mean that your exercise level leaves you able to talk, but still feeling a little out of breath.
When you are at the gym, it is a good idea to focus on machines that are low impact as this will put minimal pressure on your joints and bones and will reduce the chance that you could be injured. The best one is probably the treadmill, not only is this a great way to work out, but you are in full control of the level that you are working out on.
Another great option is a stationary bike, especially one whereby the seat has back support. Although, you may find that during the latter part of pregnancy, your belly can actually get in the way of your knees.
Take a class
One of the best ways to stay active when you are pregnant is to take a specialist pre-natal exercise class. These are designed and modified for pregnant women, which means that they are going to tackle some of the main issues that can arise for these mums-to-be. This includes heartburn & swollen feet.
There are a variety of pre-natal classes that you can choose from. This includes Pilates, Yoga, Water Aerobics and even pregnancy Zumba classes.
Is it safe to do strength training?
One of the most common questions that pregnant women will ask is whether or not they can carry on with their strength training routine. The answer to this is yes. Strength training will help those aching joints and muscles and keep them strong. Not only this but strength training will also help to prepare your body for labour and ensure that you are strong enough to take on this mammoth task.
It is best to work out using machines rather than using standalone weights and you should never push yourself further than you are used to. Another key thing to look out for is that you stay away from machines that press against your belly, or that means that you need to lift over your head as this can put pressure on your spine.
As you can see, just because you are pregnant that doesn’t mean that you have to give up being active and working out. You might just need to think about different approaches to take and make sure that you are always thinking about the safety of yourself and your baby too.
Of course hiring a Personal Trainer can take all the worry out of your training, as they will plan and structure your workout regime to ensure the safety of yourself and of course your baby to be.