You’re pregnant - congratulations! You’re thrilled, possibly nervous and suddenly acutely aware that you’re not the only one you need to take care of now.
Like many other expectant mothers, you’ve probably already hit up your good pal Google for advice. What started out as a quick glance has turned into 36 hours of intense scouring through amusing blogs, widely varied opinions and a whole lot of information on subjects you were completely unaware of until right now. Yikes.
But don’t despair. It is possible to exercise throughout pregnancy - and feel good doing it! From relieving aches and pains to boosting energy, increasing your sense of well-being and preparing your body for labour and childbirth, the list of exercise benefits go on. Simply, the better you look after yourself, the easier your pregnancy will be.
Where to start? Stop comparing yourself.
Easier said than done, I know. The truth is – bodies react differently to pregnancy. Some women will run 5kms a day and appear to gain no weight whatsoever, other than that bowling ball up their shirt. Others will hover nauseously by the bathroom for weeks and swear their body has been overrun by a gang of unruly marshmallows. The important thing to remember is, this is your pregnancy. Not your friend’s. Not your Mum’s. Not your sister-in-law’s. Do what works for you and makes you feel good.
8 basic rules for safe exercise when pregnant:
Yes, you need to take extra precautions when exercising while pregnant, but this doesn’t mean stop everything you’re doing, lie down and have some cake. The rules:
1. Get the all-clear from your health professional (especially important if you’re new to exercise)
2. Avoid dangerous sports
3. Warm up/cool down
4. Drink plenty of water
5. Don’t lie flat on your back after the first trimester
6. Don’t overdo it/get overheated
7. Get up from the floor slowly
8. Be aware of movements to avoid (jerking, closed twisting, high impact, quick changes in direction etc)
The thing is, you’re pregnant – not broken.
Low impact exercises are brilliant and certainly easier to keep up throughout your pregnancy – swimming, yoga, stationary cycling and walking are all great. However, if you’ve been exercising consistently prior to becoming pregnant, chances are you’ll be fine to continue your usual exercise regime with a few modifications (slower pace, lighter weights, avoiding certain movements etc).
If your usual workout is kick boxing, obviously bigger changes need to be made. Check with your doctor what’s appropriate for you.
So go on, take care of yourself – you’ll be glad you did.
Hello and Welcome!
Hi! I'm Amanda and I'm so glad you found us. We would love to help you reach (and maintain!) your health and fitness goals.
I started She's a Knockout in 2009 after discovering for myself the life-changing benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise and becoming a qualified personal trainer and boxing instructor - I wanted to empower other women by sharing this knowledge!
I've lost over 20kg myself and have kept it off many years and 2 kids later.
Along the way there's been challenges - learning about nutrition and exercise, struggling for years to fall and stay pregnant, then sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle while raising young kids.
I've personally selected a team of positive, empathetic, encouraging and professional female trainers to help you lose weight, get fit and feel strong, sexy and confident! We specialise in training women in all stages of their lives, including prenatal and postnatal.
We come to you in many locations across Perth - whether it's your home, local park, apartment gym or office.
We bring all the equipment and will come at a time and place that suits you.