Training when you’re pregnant can be tough, but I really do believe it’s essential for a strong and healthy pregnancy and will help with postpartum recovery. After all, you’re NOT pregnant for a lot longer than you are pregnant, and those first few months postpartum can be very long and disheartening if you can’t ‘get back in shape’ as quickly as you’d like.

Regular exercise during pregnancy can help with this. Although I do caution all my pregnant clients that it takes up to a year, sometimes longer, for your body to heal from pregnancy. Even if you have an easy pregnancy and birth, your body needs time to repair and balance itself out again before it settles on a new normal.

This pregnancy for me has been my strongest yet. I might be older than in my first pregnancy, but I truly am wiser in many ways and I am fortunate enough to be specialised in this field in terms of knowing how to push my body, when to back off, how to ease pregnancy aches and pains and how to still be the strongest and fittest I can be for my other two boys.

So what does my training look like?
4-5x a week powerlifting with accessory work
7x a week walking for at least 2-3km
Daily Pilates ranging from a quick 10-minute routine to a full 45-minute class
1-2x a week spinning classes (now tapering off as the seat is literally killing my  poor bum)

Yes it’s a lot. But for me it’s very manageable. It is only slightly less than I did before and I modify as needed, some days I rest completely.

I am still lifting weights that definitely raise a few eyebrows and no doubt lead to hushed whispers, but nothing I am doing is outside of my strength and ability. I was strong before I fell pregnant  – stronger than I have ever been – and I have maintained that strength as best as possible while performing the lifts as safely as possible and under the guidance of my coach.

I am still lifting weights that definitely raise a few eyebrows and no doubt lead to hushed whispers, but nothing I am doing is outside of my strength and ability. I was strong before I fell pregnant  – stronger than I have ever been – and I have maintained that strength as best as possible while performing the lifts as safely as possible and under the guidance of my coach.

What I am doing is challenging the old-fashioned beliefs that women should rest during pregnancy and take it easy – I’ve even heard that you’re not supposed to hang washing during pregnancy! It’s mostly nonsense, and I am living proof that pregnancy is not an illness or a condition that you need to spend resting or feeling fragile. If anything, I think those are things you’re more inclined to postpartum when your body needs sleep and recovery from the birth and to adjust to a life as a mother of a newborn.

How you train during your pregnancy depends on a number of factors ranging from how active and fit you were before your pregnancy, to any complications during your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different, as is each woman. But as long as you’re moving, you will feel better 

If you are pregnant or planning on falling pregnant and would like some professional advice on how to exercise safely during and after your pregnancy, leave a message below, I will gladly answer any and all your questions.

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