ARTICLE – EXCUSES… DON’T LET THEM HOLD YOU BACK FROM KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING PREGNANCY

Don't let excuses hold you back from exercise during pregnancy photo

If your mind keeps coming up with reasons to skip your prenatal exercise workout, counteract your excuses with some Glowing Expectations logic.

I'm too tired

The first and third trimesters of pregnancy can leave you feeling weary. Whilst the idea of exercise is less than appealing some gentle exercise can actually increase your energy levels. Skipping your usual morning workout may leave you feeling even more sluggish and unmotivated for the day. A little pregnancy exercise will give you the injection of energy you need to keep up with a busy work schedule or run around after the kids. Ditching your evening class may be tempting, but could lead to flopping onto the couch with junky snacks that give you indigestion and fail to nourish your mummy body. A quick workout encourages you to prepare a healthy dinner and get an early night – you'll also sleep better, an aspiration of pregnant women everywhere!

I've got too much to do

Does anyone ever get to the end of their 'to do' list? In fact, as a mum to be you probably have an 'extra to do list' on top of your usual 'to do list', full of doctor's appointments, shopping for baby items and reading about this new stage of life. However, keeping fit and well needs to be at the top, not the bottom of your 'to do' list. I'm talking priority status, not something you'll get to when you've done everything else. After all, this is about your health and that of your growing baby. Whether you enjoy walking, yoga, weight training or swimming, keeping active promotes a healthier pregnancy, birth and recovery. Also, the mental and physical boost of working out might help you tick a few more items off your to do list. Perhaps you'll finally decide which pram is best for you, or clear out the spare room and put together the flat pack cot.

I'm in a bad mood

There's a saying "had a good day, go to the gym, had a bad day, definitely go to the gym". The reality is surging hormones are part of pregnancy and this can mean a surplus of tears and temper tantrums – that's you, not the toddler who lives next door. Exercise can serve as a distraction when everything gets a bit overwhelming, burn off stress and anxiety hormones and of course release the feel good endorphins that help you feel strong and confident throughout pregnancy. Instead of carrying your negative vibes home to take out on loved ones, or yourself, leave them at the gym or yoga studio, in the park or pool and enter your front door feeling a whole lot lighter and happier.

I'm achy and sore

There are some common aches and pains of pregnancy, like a sore back or hips. But guess what, there are many more if you sit on the couch for 9 months and don't keep active. Most pregnancy discomforts can actually be helped by the right exercise. Just make sure you seek out professional advice or follow exercises specifically designed for pregnancy. Working out during pregnancy isn't about sweat and burn or personal bests. It is simply about keeping you healthy and well as your baby grows, feeling strong and prepared for birth and offering you the best possible start to motherhood.

If you are struggling to keep, or get going with exercise, the Glowing Expectations Program includes lots to help with motivation, from weekly emails, to easy workouts for home - and tips from other mums.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019