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Why Exercise is Good During Pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby.
Here are a few reasons why:-
Reduces the severity of piles (haemorrhoids)
During pregnancy your body's digestive system slows down considerably due to pregnancy hormones. This can be a reason for bloating during very early pregnancy. Regular exercise will help keep things moving.
Improves your quality of sleep
Some pregnant Mums find it difficult to sleep well at night. By exercising regularly you may find you are able to sleep better and feel more rested.
Helps you to manage your maternal weight gain
Weight gain during pregnancy is normal but needing to 'eat for two' during pregnancy is a myth. Your baby takes what nutrients it needs from what you eat, so the healthier the better. Your appetite may increase or change at various stages of your pregnancy so by keeping active and exercising regularly this will help you stay in control of how much weight you do gain.
Minimise pregnancy aches and pains
Back pain and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy are common due to the postural changes that your body goes through.
As your 'bump' becomes larger and heavier your pelvis tilts and an increase in the natural curve of your back becomes more pronounced.
As your breasts become larger and heavier this can cause your shoulders to round and tighten at the front and in turn the muscles in your upper back may become weakened and lengthened.
Your pelvis may become unstable due to the ligaments holding it together loosening in order to make way for your baby to move down in preparation for birth, which can cause Pelvic Girdle Pain.
Reduces stress
Whether working at home or in the office, life can become stressful at times. By exercising regularly you get a perfect opportunity to take some 'time out' of your hectic schedule to focus on just you and your baby.
Time to relax
In Pregnancy Pilates we always start and finish the session with relaxation. It is said that your baby can hear your voice after around 16 weeks onwards so it would make sense that your baby would also be sensitive to your emotions. If you are relaxed and positive your baby will be too.
The exercises we do in Pregnancy Pilates are safe for pregnancy and help to strengthen your deep abdominal muscles as well as your pelvic floor. All of these muscles work very hard during (natural) labour.
If your body is used to contracting and releasing these muscles they may work more efficiently during labour.
If you would like to book some Pregnancy Pilates classes get in touch.

How to ease cramp during pregnancy

Positiv-Life FitnessCramps are muscle contractions which are uncomfortable but common during pregnancy. These are normally felt in the legs or feet and generally occur at night. This may be due to the various changes in the body, high level of hormones and lack of circulation.
To help reduce cramps, keep active during your pregnancy by walking swimming or doing exercises such as Pilates and Yoga. If spending long periods of time sitting or standing during the day move around every so often to increase circulation in the legs.
Exercises to do during the day are standing tall, feet apart (use a wall or chair or support) raising and lowering your heels to the floor.
Sitting or standing (again use a wall or chair for support) rotate your feet in circular motions in one direction and then the other.
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To stretch the calf stand feet together with both hands against a wall, step one foot behind you so that the back leg is straight toes in line with the heel, bend the front knee. Repeat with the other leg.
These foot exercises and calf stretches during the day and before bed followed by a warm bath may help you have a restful sleep. When the cramp actually occurs if you are unable to stretch in a standing position extend your leg and flex your foot, toes towards your nose until the cramp eases.
If you are concerned it is best to seek medical advice from your midwife or GP.
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For details on the next set of Pregnancy Pilates classes classes get in touch.

Exercise in pregnancy

There are a number of reasons why exercise in Pregnancy is good for you. Whether you were a regular exerciser before Pregnancy or not at all, Pregnancy is a great time to start.
Preparation for labour and motherhood
Labour and naturally motherhood are physically and mentally demanding. Regular exercise during pregnancy can help you prepare for these demands.
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Minimise pregnancy aches and pains
Back pain and pelvic pain are common during pregnancy and the right type of exercise can really help to minimise these.
Makes you feel good and lifts your mood
Exercise keeps the heart healthy and the feel-good hormones moving. Perfect for keeping stress levels low and helping you to relax and stay positive.
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Helps you sleep better
Some pregnant mums have trouble sleeping, by fitting in some exercise it can make a huge difference.
Weight management
20-30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can really help with preventing excessive weight gain in pregnancy. For example walking, swimming and cycling on a stationary bike are good ways of keeping the heart and lungs going.
Reduces the severity of pregnancy symptoms
Backache, morning sickness, fatigue, heart burn, indigestion, constipation, varicose veins, water retention and swelling are all common during pregnancy, exercise can help.
*It is best to seek medical advice from your midwife or GP if you have never done any exercise before starting a new exercise programme.
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What Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy

Wondering what foods you should avoid now that you are pregnant? To minimise any chances of food poisoning there are some foods which are better to avoid. During Pregnancy your immune system is suppressed which means that you and your baby are more vulnerable to bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause illness as a result of eating certain foods.
Here is a list you may find useful. If you are unsure it's best to consult your Midwife or GP.
Foods to avoid:-
Mould-ripened soft cheeses
Brie, Camembert, Goat's cheese included.
Undercooked and raw eggs
Unpasteurised (raw) milk
This includes Goat's milk, Sheep's milk and foods containing them also.
Raw and undercooked meat
Be careful with cold cured meat such as Salami, Chorizo, Pepperoni and Parma Ham
Fish liver oil supplements
Supplements containing Vitamin A
Raw shellfish
Foods to limit:-
Oily fish
Useful website for further information: http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx

How to play games with your baby

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Are you looking for fun things to do to help keep your active baby entertained while they learn? Why not join us for Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates?
Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates is a combination of gentle yoga stretches, music and movement for the babies and Postnatal Pilates exercises for Mum.

The course is suitable for younger babies from 6 weeks old and for older active babies too up to crawling.
Get in touch to book a place on the next Mum & Baby Yoga & Pilates course.
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