We all know exercise is good for us, and there is no need to stop whilst pregnant unless you are advised not to by a doctor. You may know some women that have Zumba’d their way to the third trimester or carried on jogging until the baby was crowning, but for most of us, the sensible choice is regular gentle exercise that is kind to your body and your growing child.
Yoga is a great way to prepare yourself physically and mentally for birth. It involves relaxed stretching exercises performed with a focus of mind that energises your body, the perfect training for labour! Swimming is another fantastic exercise option. The water supports your body as you move and you can experience that floaty weightlessness that relieves aches and strains. One of the most useful exercises you can perform during pregnancy are those that involve your pelvic floor, those muscles that allow you to stop peeing mid-stream. Pelvic floor exercises can be felt by squeezing and holding for a few seconds before releasing. This will help you keep the area toned, allowing for a quicker recovery after baby is born (and helps you not to pee when you sneeze!) Ah, the joys of pregnancy!