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Podcast Episode #216

Looking after our body during pregnancy, pregnancy fitness and investing back into our body postpartum

pregnancy fitness

Let’s chat pregnancy fitness. Embracing fitness during pregnancy not only supports our body’s health but also prepares us for the demands of childbirth and aids in a smoother postpartum recovery. By investing back into our body, we are setting the stage for a healthier, happier motherhood experience.

Looking After Our Body During Pregnancy

So many changes to our body occur during pregnancy, and taking care of our body has advantages for both our well-being and that of our baby. Regular exercise during pregnancy can help manage stress, improve sleep, reduce discomfort, and prepare our body for birth.

Best Exercises During Pregnancy

Choosing the right exercises during pregnancy can help to stay strong and pain-free, whilst preparing for childbirth. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and prenatal pilates are excellent choices. Additionally, strength training tailored to pregnant women can help maintain muscle tone and support the body as it changes. It’s important to also focus on activities that strengthen the pelvic floor and core muscles, as these are crucial in supporting the pregnancy and preparing for childbirth.

Overcoming the Challenges of Pregnancy

Many women experience fatigue and pain during pregnancy, which can act as significant barriers to physical activity. To address these challenges, start with small, manageable exercise sessions. Even five minutes of gentle stretching or walking can make a difference. Listen to your body, and don’t push yourself too hard. Regular, light exercise can increase energy levels, improve circulation, and reduce aches and pains, however the difficulty is often in finding the exercise choice that works best for you, your body and your lifestyle. FitNest Mama has a range of workout styles to suit pregnant women overcoming barriers of time, pain and fatigue.

Preparing the Body for Birth

As the due date approaches, focus on exercises that prepare your body for birth. Pelvic tilts, squats, and fit ball exercises can help strengthen the areas most involved in childbirth. These exercises not only prepare your muscles for the physical act of giving birth but also can help with baby positioning and supporting your pelvic floor and core. Be sure to discuss any exercise plans with your healthcare provider to ensure it’s safe for your specific situation.

Postpartum Recovery

Postpartum recovery varies from one mother to another, but gentle exercise can be beneficial in regaining strength and promoting healing. Start slowly, with activities like walking and light pelvic floor exercises. Gradually increase your activity level as you feel ready. It’s important to allow your body to heal and to seek guidance from healthcare professionals to avoid complications.

Investing Back Into Your Body

The concept of investing back into your body is vital for postpartum recovery and long-term health. Integrating regular exercise into your routine can help you regain your pre-pregnancy fitness levels and contribute to overall physical and mental health. Programs like FitNest Mama offer flexible, accessible workout options that can fit into the busy schedules of new mothers, ensuring that they can take time for their health without additional stress.

Incorporating fitness into your pregnancy and postpartum journey is not just about physical health; it’s a fundamental part of self-care that enhances your overall well-being. Engaging in regular, appropriate exercise can help you navigate the challenges of motherhood while maintaining strength and resilience. Whether through a structured program like FitNest Mama or simple daily activities, investing in your physical health is a gift to both yourself and your baby.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

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Episode Links

Preparing for birth Pelvic health checklist

Free 7 Day Trial Pregnancy Workouts

Free 7 Day Trial Postnatal Workouts

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