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Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life, however it does bring with it significant change to the body. Your body will undergo many changes during pregnancy. Some will affect your ability to exercise, or require you to modify your exercise routine, including:
- Hormones such as relaxin loosen ligaments, which could increase your risk of joint injuries (such as sprains).
- As pregnancy progresses, your weight will increase and you will experience changes in weight distribution and body shape. This results in the body’s centre of gravity moving forward, which can alter your balance and coordination.
- Pregnancy increases your resting heart rate, so don’t use your target heart rate to work out the intensity of your exercise. In healthy pregnant women, exercise intensity can be monitored using a method known as Borg’s Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale. This measures how hard you feel (perceive) your body is working.
- Your blood pressure drops in the second trimester, so it is important to avoid rapid changes of position – from lying to standing and vice versa – so as not to experience dizzy spells.
Guided exercise prescription can help your body adjust to these changes, help you cope better with the changes and assist with your post-natal recovery. The benefits to exercising during pregnancy are not just limited to mum’s health; it can also help with the health of the un born child and impact on the child’s health throughout life! It is imperative to exercise safely and we want to help you to do that.
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