Week 24 – Pregnancy & Exercise

After my last blog post I was feeling that my energy was back to normal again, but this last week I feel like the baby has had a big growing spurt and sapped out all the energy from me! ¬†My appetite has also gone off the scale (I can’t stop eating) and i’ve been getting more out of breath recently… I love writing these pregnancy blog posts as it’s great to record how I’m actually feeling at each time & how much of a rollercoaster the pregnancy journey is! I really recommend anyone to keep a little diary of theirs too. ūüôā

I believe exercise is a very personal thing, we all have different reasons why we do it, how it can help us mentally, with our mood, helping to manage stress, anxiety & increase the production of endorphins!  Not to mention all the physical benefits our whole body can benefit from it & it can also help to increase your energy levels.

Before I was pregnant, I was training 5 days a weeks & walking everywhere.  I have had to cut out some of the exercising & weights classes that I really enjoying like Boxing but I am grateful to be able to still do Pilates & Barre which I go to PBB classes twice a week.  Not only do I love it for the social aspect it makes me feel, strong, energised & mentally better.  They have a baby barre class which makes me feel safe to keep exercising with a qualified (amazing) trainer in pre & post natal.  It is also lovely meetings new & mums to be so I really recommend finding a studio near you & get involved!

I was really scared in my first trimester to gym by myself & as you may have seen from my Instagram I have been having some one on one sessions with Paola from Paola’s Body Barre (PBB) & with my friend & trainer Alice, Alice Living. ¬†It is great to have the support from professionals to ensure you are performing exercises correctly. ¬†Any training video telling you that you are fine to be doing box jumps & ab crunches should be banned from the internet!

I think some of the best advice I will have received is GET WALKING & KEEP WALKING right to the end!

From my friends that are mums and friends mums is just try to keep moving.  I have also read a lot that this really helps with labour & the run up to it.  Overall walking regularly can help maintain a healthy weight & reduces cholesterol, which can also help to balance blood pressure levels during pregnancy.

A few top tips for anyone who is pregnant that wants to get moving more..

  • If you weren‚Äôt particularly active before your pregnancy, start slowly. Take a short walk & keep a comfortable pace for you. ¬†Y0u can increase the amount you do slowly each week.
  • Listen to your body, I find it tells you when you need to stop something or slow down.
  • Keep hydrated & have a bottle of water with you when on the move.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, trainers are great, you don’t want to be tripping up!
  • Allowing more time so you can get off a stop earlier to walk, or getting out for a stroll at lunch.
  • If you have any concerns about exercising your midwife or doctor will be able to clarify this.

I also find when I get out the house & having some fresh air helps with sickness. ¬†If you have an iPhone the heart app counts & records your steps and KM so you don’t need to have a watch on your own telling you to get moving!

I saw a story that Jessica Rose Lever put up on Instagram a few days ago sounding infuriated by abusive messages she’s had received for going for a 30 minute workout with her husband. ¬†I don’t think anyone is in a position to criticise someone for what they want to do & even though she has a new born if this is how she wants to spend 30 minutes of her day for herself then good on her for doing so! ¬† You shouldn’t feel any pressure to physically look a certain way pre or post pregnancy, but it sounded she had many reasons for wanting to go.

I really don’t think anyone should be TELLING you what to do, I look for inspiration not comparison & hope you find this post motivating to move in any way you wish but I certainly would never judge anyone for what they decide is right for them to do. ¬†We need to remember not only as mums to be but as women we need to support & encourage each other because lets face it, men don’t really understand so we should stick together. ¬†I am overwhelmed by the community on Instagram since I have got pregnant & really feel like we are in this together!

Lots of love and healthy wishes,

Tessa x

A lot have you been asking about maternity outfits so sharing these details below:

Bra: This is a maternity bra which is actually really comfy & supportive from Bravado Designs the Body Silk Seamless Rhythm nursing bra

Sports Leggings

These are from Lorna Jane Maternity & fit so well. ¬†They stay up over bump without being tight. ¬†They are actually so comfy & not see through so I wear them a lot with jumpers, not just when on the move ūüôā

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