Many people are well aware of the benefits that exercise and physical fitness can bring in helping to experience a normal, healthy pregnancy. But exercise in the prenatal and postnatal period must be approached with care.
As pregnancy progresses, the body undergoes a number of physical changes to cater for the growing baby. These physiological changes make good posture, cardiovascular health, and strength crucial to a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
Pregnant women can participate in a number of our classes during the first and second trimester, including BodyBalance, Yoga, BodyPump and Aquafit. Our expert instructors can help give options and alternative exercises where necessary. Please ensure that you speak to your class instructor and advise them that you are pregnant.
If you are pregnant and are just starting to exercise, you should take it slowly and keep to low-intensity workouts. Pregnancy is not a time to achieve great improvements in fitness.
The postnatal body has also undergone dramatic, significant changes, and clients who have recently given birth must take care to only engage in exercises that take these changes into consideration.
Postnatal exercises, which are aimed at strength training, flexibility training, and cardiovascular training, are focused on improving your clients’ physical and mental well-being while still caring for their healing, postnatal bodies.
Like prenatal exercises, postnatal exercises are generally aimed at light cardiovascular workouts combined with light weight training, both of which are designed to:
• Restore muscle strength
• Firm up the postnatal body, including the abdominal muscles
• Promote weight loss
• Improve mood and relieve stress
• Increase energy level
We have four highly-qualified pre and post-natal trainers who are able to help our members with specialised training programmes and advice whilst they are pregnant or after giving birth.
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