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Antenatal training

April 2017

The easy answer is YES. Here at the D4 Studio Warrington we specialise in antenatal and postnatal fitness. Training women pre and post pregnancy.

The more active you are during your pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your bodies changing shape as well as weight gain. Another bonus of this is that it will help you during labour and will help you get back into your pre pregnancy state.

Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (gym, playing sport, running, yoga etc) as long as you feel comfortable and not in any discomfort.

Exercise is not dangerous for your baby, if anything its good for it. Their is some evidence that women who are active are less likely to experience problems down the line during pregnancy and labour.

Don't exhaust yourself. You may need to slow down as your pregnancy progresses or if your maternity team advises you to. If in doubt, consult your maternity team.

As a general rule, you should be able to hold a conversation as you exercise when pregnant. If you become breathless as you talk, then you're probably exercising too strenuously.

If you weren't active before you got pregnant, don't suddenly take up strenuous exercise. It is advised that if you were not already doing regular exercise don't start now. However walking and low aerobic exercise will is fine.

Things to avoid during pregnancy

1. Don’t lie flat on your back for prolonged periods, particularly after 16 weeks, because the weight of your bump presses on the main blood vessel bringing blood back to your heart and this can make you feel faint.

2. Don't take part in contact sports where there's a risk of being hit, such as kickboxing, judo or squash.

3. Don't go scuba diving, because the baby has no protection against decompression sickness and gas embolism (gas bubbles in the bloodstream).

4. Don't exercise at heights over 2,500m above sea level as you are at risk of altitude sickness.

If you have any further questions on this matter please don't hesitate to contact us. If you feel you don't know what you can and cant do during or after pregnancy and you want to stay healthy and active or you want to get back to your pre pregnancy body state body shape, book in for a Free Personal Training Consultation and we will discuss how we can help achieve your goals.