As you will already know – I’ve stayed REALLY active during my pregnancy. I’ve tried to go to the gym five to six times a week mixing resistance, stretching and cardio work. It’s definitely kept the weight gain under control and made me feel good inside and out. It really worries me seeing some pregnant women hardly able to walk with aches and pains all over their body. I know everyone is different and I am very lucky to not of suffered from any of this but I do think my exercise has helped this. Lots of people have questioned me in the gym saying ‘Are you sure you should be here?’ Of course I should. I know my limits and would never put myself or my baby in any danger. I think it would probably be more dangerous for me to stop training to be honest. I’ve been training for so long and my body physically and mentally relishes on it.
That said, since turning nine months pregnant, I know alternate my gym sessions with an hour walk – gym one day, walk the other. I can’t tell you how much I miss running so getting outdoors for a walk feels so good! I just stick my iPod on and go.
So what are the benefits of walking in late pregnancy? Well apparently walking is a wonderful and natural way to induce labor at the end of pregnancy, infact the swaying motion of your hips may ease your baby’s head into your pelvis, giving you a leg up on labor.
Walking also utilises gravity to help pull the baby down, which places gentle pressure on the cervix and encourages it to dilate. The rocking motion will also move the baby into the correct position for birth while helping to strengthen any contractions you may be having – and help them to become more regular.
Walking up and down the stairs can also be a great way to get some extra walking in, especially if you are worried about leaving the house. The action of lifting your lefts as you climb up can help the baby descent into the correct position for birth and put gentle pressure on the cervix in order to start the dilating process. Try walking on uneven surfaces, such as placing one foot on the curb and one foot on the street to. This can help rock the baby lower and encourage the cervix to dilate. Just be careful you don’t trip so hang on to your partner’s arm for safety,especially if you’ve noticed your balance has deteriorated since being pregnant.
So make sure you keep active. I’m due for a walk tomorrow – it’s a 5km loop that takes me about an hour. Who’s with me? Just make sure you take your phone, some water, wear a sports bra and listen to your body. This isn’t the time to be breaking any records.
Since being pregnant, I’ve realised just how important R&R is. Before I would probably ignore my body, go to the gym anyway and then start the whole cycle again but these days if I want a nap, I have one and if I’m too tired to go to the gym, I’ll stay in bed for an extra hour. It doesn’t happen much but for me I’m aware I’m growing a tiny little person and her needs comes before mine.
I love R&R these days. It’s the time when I really feel my baby kick and move about. I feel incredibly connected to her when I feel her and wish I could feel it all the time. It’s such a special feeling. So when I came across these Mexican Bola necklace from Blooming Lovely Jewellery, I had to get one!
The chiming pendant is traditionally worn by pregnant women to bond with their unborn babies.
The lovely ball design, falls low over my growing bump and gently chimes as I move. Why does it chime? Well it’s said to gently serenade and soothe baby as I go about my daily life. I’ve found it very comforting to wear, especially as some days I don’t get to sit down – it’s all rush, rush, rush, and I just want to sit down and feel her kick. It’s nice to know that she knows mummy is there and thinking of her even when I’m rushed off my feet.
This really is a lovely gift to wear throughout your whole pregnancy, everytime I hear the chime, it reminds me that I have a very special baby inside of me and that I do have to take things a little bit easier these days. Since getting it I have hardly taken it off! Frankie from the Saturdays hasn’t either!
Find out more at http://www.blooming-lovely-jewellery.co.uk
Tonight I’m off to my first pregnancy yoga class as recommended by the lovely Tegan Haining at Bodyism. She suggested it would be a good way to connect with my body and baby and help stretch out any kinks caused by my growing bump, so I listened and I’m all signed up and ready to go.
The class is especially aimed for pregnant women, which can help correct any posture problems as well as help to boost circulation and help with fluid retention. I’m also hoping it will help me to relax a little and concentrate on my breathing.
Here are a few key pieces of kit that I will be taking and wearing to my first yoga class. I’ve been to a few in the past so I’m hoping that I will make these a regular thing and meet some other expecting mums in the area too.
These leggings are super supportive and not see through in any way – which is great for the person doing yoga behind me! They also have a flattering fold down waist band which supports and moves with my ickle bump and isn’t restrictive in any way. (www.tlcsport.co.uk)
My Liforme Yoga Mat This well cushioned, ultra grippy yoga mat is a few inches wider and longer than regular yoga mats making it handy for us women carrying a few extra pounds. It’s also PVC-free so it doesn’t contain any nasty ‘heavy metals’ and has markings on it so you can check your alignment during your poses.
I will of course also be armed with a big water bottle to keep me hydrated throughout the session, a towel and a piece of fruit incase I need to raise my blood sugar levels during or after the class.
I’ll give you a full verdict of the class soon – has anyone else tried yoga when pregnant?