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Although pregnancy can be one of the most joyous and exciting times in a woman’s life, the immense physical and emotional changes that come with childbirth and motherhood can leave you feeling exhausted, drained and generally out of sorts.

The Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology lists a host of benefits for mother and baby to be gained from exercise during pregnancy and after childbirth:

  • Maintenance of cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone and flexibility
  • Maintenance of a healthy weight
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved co-ordination and body awareness
  • Preparation for labour and assistance in post natal recovery

Further studies show additional benefits such as:

During pregnancy:
Reduced swelling, reduction in muscle discomfort and leg cramps, less risk of lower back pain, easier, shorter and less painful labours, eased gastrointestinal discomfort and a happier self image.

Post Natal:
Quicker recovery, speedier pelvic floor repair and toning, improved posture and stamina, increased energy and metabolic rate and an increase in weight loss leading to improved body image and self-confidence.

From the baby’s point of view, studies have also shown a number of benefits from mother’s exercise during pregnancy including a better tolerance of later pregnancy and labour.

As a personal trainer qualified in pre and post-natal exercise, I work with mums-to-be and new mums to help them experience a wide range of short and longer-term benefits. As each woman’s experience during this time is unique, I will work with you to fully understand your health and wellbeing status before embarking on any exercise and activity prescription.

To find out how I can help you please call me, Sarah, on 07545 696257