How to regain your post-baby body quickly and healthily
As we approach the end of the Duchess of Cambridge’s much anticipated pregnancy, fitness experts have already been advising the positive effects of physical activity during the pregnancy that can help kick start weight loss once the baby is born.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) have advised that expectant mums create a fitness regime that is specifically designed to enhance their health whilst pregnant – and this will help them get their pre-baby shape back faster.
Sarah Bolitho, a REPs registered trainer specialising in ante and postnatal exercise has stated: “The Duchess of Cambridge will have found out by now that during pregnancy a woman’s body is working very hard to create a baby and this can be physically exhausting as it takes a lot of energy. It is also a tiring time emotionally for many women as they may be anxious about their health, or the health of the baby. These factors mean that exercise is often the last thing on a mum-to-be’s mind, yet it has so many benefits it should be promoted as much as healthy eating during pregnancy. There are now so many activity options to choose from that there is bound to be something you find appealing, from swimming, antenatal classes, walking groups, the gym or even yoga.”
REPs have a category especially tailored for ante and postnatal activity. The register also advises women to seek out specialists who can give tailors help and advice for pregnant women in order to have the safest and most effective fitness regime.
Greg Small, operations manager of REPs, states: “The decision to take up the services of a registered exercise professional shouldn’t be left to chance. Whether you’re using a gym instructor, yoga teacher, Pilate’s instructor or group-exercise-to-music instructor, you should always ask whether they are a REPs member before beginning your session. In-depth knowledge of ways to exercise in a way that is beneficial to both you and your baby is extremely important.”
Sarah Bolitho has given some top tips for a healthier pregnancy. She advises that you should start by having some activity in day-to-day life, such as taking a short walk each day, or opting for the stairs instead of the lift. However, Sarah also notes the importance of how a pregnancy can change and alter your fitness regime. If you exercise frequently (or an athlete) you have to accept that you may need to decrease the amount and intensity of exercise you do. She advises that as you reach the third trimester of your pregnancy, the amount and intensity of exercise should have gradually decreased, to about 70% of your pre-pregnancy levels. Most importantly, Sarah has advised that you should always listen to your body and if you feel you need to cut back, then do. She also says that if you attend classes or the gym, you must ensure that your instructor is qualified in working with ante and postnatal women, is a member of REPs and has the appropriate insurance.
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To read more about pregnancy and fitness, check out Morc Coulson & Sarah Bolitho’s latest book Pregnancy and Fitness available to purchase now.