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Exercise ideas during pregnancy?

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3107 Wed 21-Oct-09 15:38:10

I've been doing Pilates for some time now but feel perhaps it's not so good given all the time spent lying on my back tensing my stomach muscles. I want to keep doing some sort of exercise though if only to make it easier to get back into again once the baby arrives. Any ideas?

amyboo Wed 21-Oct-09 16:12:53

Swimming is supposed to be one of the best, as it supports your bump nicely. I was a keen swimmer before this pregnancy, so have just carried on with my 3 swimming sessions a week. I'm finding front crawl a little hard now (am 17 weeks) but breast stroke and back stroke seem fine.

reikizen Wed 21-Oct-09 16:17:48

Pilates is brilliant for pregnancy as long as the instructor is aware of the fact you are preg and knows what excersises are contraindicated at which stage in pregnancy. Swimming is brilliant, no matter how cumbersome you get in real life, you are graceful in the water. Also aquanatal classes, yoga.

blondieminx Wed 21-Oct-09 16:22:59

Antenatal yoga is supposed to be good for encouraging the baby into a good position. I've just started classes (am now 28 weeks) and hoping they will encourage BlondieBump to stop lying across me (mainly on my bladder! hmm) and turn head down!

Also if you have a subscription to a dvd service (eg Tesco film club) they often have excercise dvd's as well which is a good way of having lots of different things to do smile

BlueChampagne Wed 21-Oct-09 16:29:37

I cycled regularly to 38 weeks with DS - but you need to be confident and not feel your balance is compromised.

flyingma Wed 21-Oct-09 21:32:43

They have pregnancy pilates/ yoga classes... apparently some pilates teachers (if you have been attending their class for a while) can adapt the exercises for you. But search for pregnancy yoga and/or aquanatal, I started those both at around the 20 week mark. Both very relaxing and you have a lovely night's sleep afterwards!

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