Pregnant? Congratulations! No doubt, along with a million other pressing questions, you’re wondering about whether or not you should be exercising during your pregnancy. Well, we can’t think of a better time to strengthen your back muscles and that all-important pelvic floor. Here’s a few things to keep in mind before you get that booty (and bump) moving…
#1 Stay Positive
Switch your focus away from what you can’t do, to what you can. Sure, there are a few things that you need to stay away from like ab crunches and high impact contact sports but there are so many ways to exercise without putting you and your bump under too much strain. – Try yoga, swimming and lifting light weights. Besides, who likes doing sit-ups anyway?
#2 Stay Hydrated
Keeping hydrated is more important now than ever. Be sure to keep a bottle of water with you at all times – not just during your workout. If you struggle to sip H20 add some natural flavour by popping a few lemon or lime wedges, a couple slices of cucumber and a strawberry or two into your water jug and you’ve basically got a cocktail!
#3 Take a Break
Feeling out of breath or like your body temperature is too high? Take a time out. Hey, you’re preggers and you’re working out… no shame in resting here.
#4 Squats Are Your New BFF
Newsflash! – During birth you are likely to spend of lot of the time in the squat position, which makes squats the easiest way to automatically work your pelvic floor and to prepare for that much-needed muscular endurance.
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