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Gym exercises whilst pregnant

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NerNerNerNerBATMAN Wed 06-Dec-17 19:53:01

Hello ladies

I'm 17 weeks and have been really ill during the first trimester. So much so that I've had to stop exercising and have only really eaten beige salty things for about 12 weeks blush

I'm feeling better and would like to get back to exercise. I used to run regularly but there's no chance of that now. I'm waking and swimming though.

I'd like to do some light weights and resistance in the gym, but don't really know where to start. I've not used a gym in years. I was thinking of light upper body weights, stepper machine, exercise bike. Does that sound ok? I'll obvs ask one if the instructors to talk me through it but I'd like to have a vague idea before I approach them.

Any advice most welcome.

sophherts Wed 06-Dec-17 21:22:12

Hi! I'm a pre/post natal trained personal trainer (also TTC).

Exercise in pregnancy is a lot to do with how you feel personally. Avoid things where you're lying on your back & be conscious of not over stretching muscles because the relaxin can cause them to go further than they should.

The best thing to do is to keep exercising regularly, walking and swimming are good. Stationery bike is also good (as long as you can fit on it!). Lifting weights is always good but be aware of lifting too heavy and creating too much pressure through your mid section. Stick with weights that challenge you but don't push you to failure.

Basically, focus on keeping your body moving and your muscles working and if it doesn't feel good then don't do it!

NerNerNerNerBATMAN Wed 06-Dec-17 21:31:09

Sophherts thank you, that's really helpful advice! Much appreciated!

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