LEGS, BUMS AND BABY TUMS!

EXERCISES TO TRY

Swimming

Fitness experts hail swimming as the best and safest exercise for pregnant women. Swimming is ideal because it does not place too much stress on joints, provides good cardiovascular benefits, and allows pregnant women to feel weightless despite the extra weight of pregnancy. It is also good for late pregnancy backache.

Pilates ClassPilates

Pilates is another ideal exercise for the months leading up to the birth and in the weeks following to get your body back in shape. Pilates is a unique method of body conditioning that integrates muscle control, proper breathing, flexibility, strength training and body awareness. It can improve abdominal-muscle strength and posture during pregnancy and after childbirth. It helps to take a lot of stress off your back and pelvis and towards the end of your pregnancy can help to position your baby ready for delivery. Pilates also relaxes people taking part and offers them quality time to themselves.

Walking

One of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women! It is safe throughout the nine months of pregnancy and can be built into your day-to-day schedule.

If you've been walking, keep it up. If you were fairly inactive before you became pregnant, start with a slow walk and build yourself up to brisk 20 to 30 minute jaunts. You could alternate a few minutes at a brisk pace with a few minutes at a slower pace. Take a drink of water along with you when you go to avoid dehydration.