Stay active in your pregnancy for a healthy & happy body, mind, baby and birth
Many women become pregnant and feel they have to stop exercising or can’t start anything new
Our birthing classes encourage pregnant mamas to partake in low impact exercise such as swimming, walking, stretching and yoga. These forms of exercise are all very safe and have many benefits for your pregnant body, your baby, your birth and your mental health.
Stretching and strengthening exercises such as yoga, walking and stretching help relax and also strengthen all of the muscles supporting your pelvis. This is important as the Relaxin hormone released in pregnancy causes all of the muscles and ligaments to relax in order to accomodate the growth of your baby - this can lead to back pain and pelvic pain in pregnancy. The more you move and build up the muscle around the areas of the hips, glutes, inner core and pelvic floor area, the less you will complain of aches and pains when you are toward the end of your pregnancy. Through breathwork, movement and meditation yoga will also help you accept your body's incredible transformation and provide confidence in your body's own ability to grow and birth your baby.
Swimming is a great exercise throughout all of your pregnancy. It can calm the mind of all its thoughts, keep you fit, help you sleep and it can even help get your baby into a better position for birth.
If Swimming isn’t for you, walking up and down the pool can be beneficial too.
When you are in the pool, you feel weightless and don’t feel the aches and pains of pregnancy. This can be a nice relief.
The endorphins released when you exercise increase the feelings of happiness for you and your baby and also increase your ability to see life in a positive way, therefore improving mental health.
Exercise can also decrease your risk of excess weight gain in pregnancy. Healthy eating and low impact exercise can help maintain a healthy BMI.