Perfect pregnancy exercise

Article Sian Lewis Nov 14, 2012

Keep your body and your bump in top shape with this two-in-one move.

A healthy and fit mum means a healthy baby, so it’s great to stay active throughout your pregnancy. There’ll be plenty of days when you don’t feel up to doing a challenging workout, but those days you do have energy for some exercise will benefit both you and your baby, and prepare your body for a quicker recovery. This move not only helps strengthen your legs, bum and core, but you get a bonus arm workout at the same time. Perfect preparation for those busy days post-pregnancy!

Important things to remember

- Check with your doctor or midwife before starting any exercise programme.
- You’ll need to take special care if you have any risk factors, such as high blood pressure or risk of pre-term labour.
- Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and make sure you don’t overheat.
- Always listen to your body and your baby – don’t try to test yourself. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.

 

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How to do it:

- Sit on a chair with your feet wide apart and slightly turned out. Hold a weight in each hand, close to your chest.
- Driving up through your legs, raise yourself off the seat and push the weights out in front with your palms facing up.
- Squat back down to sit on the chair, and repeat.

H&F Tip:
When you do a squat during pregnancy, make sure your legs are wider apart and you turn your toes out.

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