During my second pregnancy I continued to road run until around 24 weeks but I have to say I started to get lots of funny looks as if to say 'what you doing running whilst pregnant!' I have heard of similar experiences from other pregnant women which are largely based on misconceptions of what is safe during pregnancy. The effect of other peoples’ perceptions and comments ranges from merely being off putting to actually completely stopping those that are pregnant exercising at all. It can serve to confuse or lead to feelings of unease in the expectant mother that is considering doing more than a stroll in the park. It often takes a lot of motivation in the first instance to start and keep physical activity up during pregnancy so the more information out there, the better for stronger fitter mums to blossom. Also if you take up exercise during pregnancy you are more likely to get back to physical activity after birth post your 6 week check.
Following my personal encounters of pregnancy fitness I decided I wanted to change other women’s experience of exercise during and after pregnancy by both offering locally accessible information and provide exercise classes for . pregnant and postnatal women within Leicester/shire. This is when Birth and Beyond - Fitness was born. It is also my mission to educate pregnant women and society in general about how safe it is to do a massive range of exercises during pregnancy and just how beneficial it is for both baby and expectant mum. Without saying, it is obviously important that you have had the all clear to exercise from doctors / midwife.
I will be doing several blogs covering the truths about exercise in pregnancy and how it should feel and ideas of how to fit it in to your daily routine during pregnancy and afterbirth too.