Congratulations! If you have come across this blog post chances are your currently expecting a baby! Pregnancy is an exciting time but can also be difficult. As a newborn and maternity photographer, I have witnessed many ‘mums to be’ worrying about the rollercoaster journey of pregnancy. It is important to stay physically and mentally healthy during pregnancy and one way to achieve this is through exercise.
Exercise not only help you to maintain a healthy weight, it can also reduce the risk of gestational diabetes along with helping to improve your mood and sleep. We’re really lucky here in Sutton Coldfield that we have some excellent classes and activities for pregnant women.
Here are some classes and types of exercises that you might want to try out:
Don’t underestimate walking! Walking is a great low impact exercise that is safe for most pregnant women. It is a fantastic way to get some fresh air, increase blood flow and maintain cardiovascular health. We are fortunate to have Sutton Park right on our doorstep which offers some beautiful scenic pathways that are lovely and flat to walk along. One of my favourite spots in Sutton Park is Bracebridge with its beautiful lake and idyllic surroundings, plus if your really lucky you may even come across the wild exmoor ponies that wander freely in the area. It also has a little cafe to grab a drink for your walk, you could even stop for a bit to eat at the spectacular Bracebridge Restaurant.
Pregnancy yoga is is a popular choice for pregnant women. It helps improve flexibility, reduce stress and helps to alleviate back pains. Prenatal yoga classes are tailored to suit the needs of pregnant women. You will find them much less strenuous than regular yoga classes. In Sutton Coldfield we have several pre-natal yoga classes and my clients often rate Yummy Yoga Mummies which offers pregnancy yoga classes along with post natal yoga classes alongside many other useful classes. Be sure to check them out!
Swimming during pregnancy
Swimming is another great low impact exercise that can help alleviate joint pain and swelling. Its also a great way to cool down during the summer months. Check out Wyndley Leisure Centre for their timetable.
Pilates is a great exercise for pregnant women. Its a form of low impact exercise that focuses on strengthening the core muscles. It can help to alleviate back pain and improve posture, both of which are common concerns during pregnancy. There are some dedicated pilates for pregnancy classes in Sutton Coldfield if you’d like to check them out. Pilates Lounge.
Dancing may not be the first exercise that comes to mind when you’re pregnant, but it’s a fun way to stay active during pregnancy. It can help improve cardiovascular health and boost your mood. Check out L H Dance in Mere Green.
I hope you enjoyed my guide to keeping fit during pregnancy. It is important to note that each and every pregnancy is different and not all exercises are suitable for all women. Pregnant women should always consult with their midwife or healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program. You will find in most cases that you will be supported and encouraged to stay active during pregnancy.
Along with providing tips on keeping fit during pregnancy I help women to capture the memories of their pregnancy in beautiful portraiture. If you would like to find out more you can view my work at www.sageandevephotography.co.uk or pop me a message below, I would love to chat with you.
All images in this article were taken by Sage and Eve Photography.