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umm...loving this topic!!
About 4 years ago i did my ante/post natal fitness instructor qualification as i knew at some point i would have a baby..and to date it is the best fitness course i have done.
So this is the way it works with exercise and pregnancy.
- if you are planning a baby, train like mad for the 12 months before conceiving. This will get you in top shape, meaning that you will probably put on less weight during pregnancy and also will allow you to keep up your training for as long as you feel comfortable.
- the general rule is IF YOU NEVER DID PILATES BEFORE YOU GOT PREGNANT, PREGNANCY IS NOT THE TIME TO START. The same applies to all other sports. From the minute you conceive relaxin affects all your joints and you are very prone to spraining them. If you start a new sport/activity, your muscles and joints are not used to being worked in that manner, so injury is very possible.
- during pregnancy you want to MAINTAIN your fitness, and not IMPROVE IT.
- I taught 15 classes before i got pregnant, from aerobics, to step, pilates, yoga, you name it! and i taught all the same classes thorough my whole pregnancy. In fact i went into labour after a class, and yes i went back to class 2 weeks later (for sanity!)
Currently i have about 6 ladies, all in different stages of their pregnancy, training. I will never take a client that has never trained with me before, as i need to know their fitness levels before they got pregnant so i will be able to see if they are pushing themselves too much or too little. Unfortunately many people that have never exercised, decide to start once they find out the good news... but in my opinion, walking and swimming would be the best options (due to the low impact) for those people. The down side is that walking and swimming burn very little calories, so they will be more prone to put on non-necessary weight.
For me exercise during pregnancy was a gift...endorphins made me have the best pregnancy ever, even my husband said i had a new found sense of humour!!
any questions on the topic, please ask!! im here to help