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:
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.
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