Monthly Archives: October 2013

Gentle Exercise in Pregnancy

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 can be beneficial in pregnancy

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!

Core Items For A Great Maternity Wardrobe

Longer length vests and tops look great layered under looser cardigan styles

Dressing well can often be a challenge when it comes to your ever blossoming tummy. The key things you should consider when choosing what to wear during any stage of your pregnancy are practicality, comfort and affordability. There are a few core items that will be very useful during your pregnancy, things that won’t break the bank and will last you on a scale right from a tiny tummy pooch to watermelon.

Jessica Alba looks sophisticated yet comfortable with this easy layered look

Layering is a fashion trend that is here to stay. Thank goodness! Long length vests made from stretchy Licra will hug your shape, be mildly supportive of your bump and are great for layering. Go for natural fibres so you stay comfortable.

When it comes to your top half, cardigans are a great way to keep warm during pregnancy – during your third trimester they can be left undone to accommodate your bump! Similarly, oversized shirts and tops look great and are just the thing to help you embrace your pregnancy without giving up on style. Wrap style tops are very flattering and accentuate your shape in a sexy (yes, sexy!) and feminine way. Choose neutral tones with a splash of colour elsewhere – that way your top has more ways you can work it, depending on the occasion.

Stretchy longer length tube style skirts are also a great way to accommodate your changing shape. They are super comfortable to wear and give you a smooth silhouette compared to the muffin tops that can so easily come with wearing trousers that are a little on the tight side. Team with a supportive pair of maternity tights for winter or wear the skirt a little higher up, underneath your swelling bosom and wear with any loose, strappy top for warm summer months. However you wear them, long tube style skirts offer incredible versatility and comfort.

There are many options out there for you to get the most out of your maternity clothing. Often it can be an expensive game, choosing items that are right for your stage of pregnancy.  It doesn’t have to be. With a few, well thought out maternity items, you will get incredible value for money as they will last you throughout your entire pregnancy. Oh, and you will still wear them for months after your baby is born… you knew that right?