How did you exercise when you were pregnant? It’s recommended that you keep as active and fit as possible throughout the entire nine months (although this is easier said than done when even walking down stairs makes you want a nap!) Here our pregnancy blogger tries out maternity yoga…along with a four-legged way to get fit:
I’m a little bit on the chubby side. Despite being a keen exerciser, I’ll always be the one with my head burrowed in the clothes rail, trying to hook the larger jeans off the back hanger. Yeah, it’s me that takes the last size 16. Sorry.
This doesn’t mean I’ve been delighted to slap on the elasticated-waisters and hop on the sofa, buried in crème eggs. I’ve been doing what I can to keep fit. Saving for the months of SMP means that the gym membership had to go, and I quickly discovered that continuing outdoor running wasn’t going to work for me either. So what else could I do?
The easy answer was literally staring me in the face – usually holding a tennis ball and wagging his tail. If you have a dog*, you’ll know you can take the dog to the park for a ‘you stand still, he runs around’ session, or you can actually WALK it. I’ve started doing at least one of the latter per day. The dog’s got the stamina of a kick-ass mountain lion now. I walk faster on the way home because I can’t wait for the sit down and the cuppa.
Most progressively, though, I’ve also crossed the line and taken up my first ‘specifically invented for pregnant women’ thing; maternity yoga. Read more