Pregnant Training Advice
Research shows that training while pregnant has numerous benefits, including:
- Greater ability to handle the discomforts of pregnancy and labour.
- Easier to get back into shape and regain your normal weight after pregnancy.
- Fewer caesarian surgeries, and less likely to require an epidural.
- Faster labour, with less likelihood of induction.
- More positive, healthier feelings about pregnancy.
Training while pregnant thus helps you to be more prepared for the physical stresses of carrying a baby and labour. However, inappropriate exercise can be harmful for the mother or baby, so be sure to get your doctor or midwife's approval before beginning an exercise program.
Certain medical conditions might need special attention or limit exercise.
- Pre-term rupture of membranes.
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (high blood pressure).
- Persistent second or third trimester bleeding.
- History of miscarriages or premature labour.
- Poor fetal growth.
- History of Incompetent Cervix.
- Muscle or joint problems.
- Multiple birth pregnancy.
- Heart Disease
- Low Back Pain / Sciatica
Once you have the all clear from your doctor to exercise, the following guidelines will help prepare you for your pregnancy.