The thought of exercising during pregnancy for many women is terrifying enough, let alone actually participating in any form of exercise. However, a new survey by Australian made maternity active wear range fitformum, has shed light on pregnancy and exercise.
According to the survey an astonishing 82% of women said they exercised during their pregnancy. 63 % revealed that they walked as part of their exercise while 27% exercised in the form of yoga.
“The benefits of exercising during pregnancy include reducing the physiological and psychological discomforts often associated with pregnancy. Exercising body and mind – goes a long way” said Melissa Knapp from Yoganic, a leading Yoga Studio in Sydney.
Exercising While Pregnant Safety Tips
Jane Simons, Obstetric Physiotherapist, Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick has this advice for expectant women.
1. Embrace the fact that pregnancy changes your body; so it makes sense to change your exercise regime. Safe exercise means safe for you, safe for baby.
2. Be strong, be fit. Throughout your pregnancy you are gaining weight rapidly and you can match increased weight with increased strength.
3. Be guided by qualified experienced experts who are able to advise you safely and provide remedies should any discomfort occur.
4. Listen to your body at all times, both while exercising and during daily activities. Be sure you know how to modify all activities as the need arises.
5. Exercise in comfort. Wear stretch clothing that breathes as well as supports. Stretching in pregnancy is a key element of fitness and is made so much more pleasant if wearing comfortable stretch clothing.
6. Support for growing breasts is vital, so look for in-built bra support that’s comfortable and isn’t too tight. Inbuilt bra support with exercise gear helps carry the extra breast weight that pregnancy brings, preventing unnecessary stretching of breast tissue.
7. Wear clothing that doesn’t “ride up” while stretching. It makes all the difference being able to forget what you are wearing when you exercise and being able to concentrate on your stretches and your body.
8. As baby grows, firm support from exercise gear is comforting for baby and for you. However of paramount importance is the strength and control of your own internal support, from activating your internal support, your “core muscles”.
9. Be sure never to over-heat while exercising. Cardio vascular exercise is all about living in our beautiful cities, all over Australia. We have hills, wonderful walk ways, beaches and parks and all of this free and available to one and all!
10. Pay attention to signs of pelvic instability and stop any exercise that results in pain or discomfort. Seek professional help from obstetric physiotherapists. This is their expertise.
11. Support leggings worn during exercise helps reduce swelling or congestion in the legs in pregnancy. Be sure to keep wearing supportive stockings if swelling persists.
12. Choose clothing that is not restrictive or tight around the pelvis and belly to enable you to stretch as you exercise. Find the right balance in your exercise gear, a balance between stretch and support
For more information about the pregnancy active wear range from fitformum visit and for details about Jane Simons visit www.fitformum.com.au