Swim – Your Bump Will Love It…..

Although I’m not usually a fan, (I like the dry!) I’ve found that swimming is a relaxing, invigorating exercise when pregnant. It’s low-impact, and keeps pregnant women healthy without putting strain on the joints or legs.

One thing I have had to get over is how I look in a swim suit. All my old bikini’s look ridiculous with a bump and my tankini doesn’t quite cover it so I’ve had to find a good-fitting, comfortable swimsuit to wear that doesn’t offend anyone!

One tankini I have fallen in love with is from the Anita Maternity Swimwear range.

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The pretty maternity two-piece has adjustable straps, a supportive and padded bust area and ruching around the tummy. It comes in lots of colours too.

Now, not being quite confident with my expanding chest, I did however find that the design was pretty low cut, but thats fine because I wore a supportive halter neck sports bra underneath. There’s nothing worse than keep having to re-cover and re-adjust yourself mid-stroke. This just gave me that extra security and once in the water no-one would know any different.

So what do I do in the pool – except from swimming? Well after speaking to a coach at my pool, I’ve been doing pool running and breast stroke but stopped doing the front crawl.

Unlike the crawl, breaststroke doesn’t require the torso to twist, which can be both uncomfortable and harmful to the back. Also, as pregnancy often drives the shoulders and spine to round, and pushes the pelvis out of position, breaststroke can help counteract this, as it gently encourages the body to remain properly aligned.

As for backstroke – my favourite – the jury is still out.
As we know, after the first trimester, women are advised not to lie on their backs for fear that the pressure of gravity will compress a major vein in the chest and impede blood flow. Some experts advise pregnant women against doing the backstroke for this reason. However, the water can minimises the effect of gravity on your stomach, so you should safely be able to carry on doing backstroke while pregnant. All I suggest is that you keep an eye on this as your bump grows and stop at the first sign of discomfort or dizziness.
Enjoy the water ladies – I know your bump will. It feels so good for it to be supported – and hidden under the water, well away from those impending eyes as you lift weights in the gym. This is time for just you, your bump and the water.

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Five inches and counting…..

For as long as I can’t remember, I haven’t weighed myself, but instead used a tape measure to keep track of my body shape. 

Instead of writing it down I’ve instead put a red line on the tape measure so every time I  measure myself I know where I stand. 

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So today I took the plunge and grabbed my tape measure to see how much weight I had really put on since falling pregnant. 

To my surprise, the measurements around my upper arms were exactly the same. Great. My calves again were exactly the same. Once again – great! My thighs were 1/4 an inch bigger – ok not the end of the world and could be water retention, but my hips were two inches wider – which shocked me slightly. I then did a bit of research and found that most women’s hips will widen during pregnancy mainly because the hormone relaxin causes the ligaments in your pelvis to widen and become flexible so that birth will be easier, which put my mind at ease. 

I then measured my tummy and ha! It was 5 inches bigger since the beginning of my pregnancy, five months ago – an inch for every month. It’s nice to know that my bubba is growing well! 

Now to support my growing bump I came across this GORGEOUS Gowri Wrap.

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It’s absolutely beautiful and is designed to give the baby some gentle support, while supporting your lower back, which is vital for me, since I am really bendy thanks to my gymnast background and even more so now that I have an extra dose of relaxin in my body. 

Dr Gowri Motha, a fantastic a doctor, healer and pre and postnatal expert also believes that the wrap can stop the colon getting bloated and discourage the build up of gas and build up in the colon, since the growing uterus is fighting your colon and intestines for space, creating gas and wind. 

The wrap can also be used post-baby too, helping to bring your ribs back to their original position and lift your abdominal organs. 

I can’t wait to start wearing this. It truly is beautiful and will support my growing bump over the next three months, whilst helping me to ease my abs back into its pre-pregnancy shape once the baby is here. Well worth the £75 and my husband likes it too! 

Get yours at http://www.bopeeps.com/collections/the-gowri-wrap.php for just £75. 

You can also learn more about it by watching this video featuring the one and only Dr Gowri. it’s a very interesting watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5b4JlYDkaE