Exercise during pregnancy
Have you recently discovered you are pregnant? Congratulations!!! This is a time when you want to enjoy yourself but it can also be a time full of emotions and thoughts. It’s very common to feel uncertain about what you can and can’t do, should and shouldn’t do, in all areas of your life. To dispel doubts and questions about exercising during pregnancy, here we list all the facts about exercise during pregnancy for you!
a few things to keep in mind for the coming months
Weeks 1 till 12
In the first trimester (weeks 1-12), your body is literally going from zero to hero, from nothing to something, and everything inside is still very delicate. It’s also common to feel low in energy, nauseous or dizzy. This is the trimester to focus on walking as the main form of movement. As the weeks progress, nausea should decrease, so naturally you’ll start to feel ready to increase your movement levels. But slow and very steady is the answer for the first three months.
Weeks 13 till 26
In the second trimester (weeks 13-26), you’ll hopefully feel a renewed sense of energy. Now is the time to work back towards your ‘normal’ movement routine, with moderated intensity. Your body will now be producing relaxin, a hormone designed to loosen your muscles in preparation for what’s to come. Therefore, go easy on the forward folds and stretches. Keep reminding yourself, movement during pregnancy is not about hitting your max; it’s about regular but gentle activity. Check our Mama Flow and Mama Strong classes for sure!