Baby yoga, walking and relaxation!

When  found out I was pregnant I panicked. 

Crazy I know but all I could think about was getting fat and not being able to train. I look back now and think about how obsessive that sounds! But I guess when you have been going to a gym since the age of 18 and  even before that were active, suddenly being told you can’t do what has been a big part of your life for 20 years is a bit hard to let go of.

In preparation for having a baby i still pushed myself hard so it was a miracle I am now sat here pregnant, but then I woke up and realised ok it’s only 9 months of your life Zoe and my wonderful friend and PT keeps reminding me the moment the baby is out she is going to have me fit again so not so bad.

I started reading about different schools of thought about pregnancy and exercise. My specialist is very strict so no exercise that takes my HR over 120 for me but there are a lot of people out there that still continue training and slow down as the trimesters go on.  I’ve seen women that look like they are about to give birth hammer it in spin classes so I guess each person is different. I am not sure which school of thought I’d be in if it hadn’t been dictated to me and I’d always advise you consult an expert before deciding but I am not sure how a baby would feel being tossed around for an hour whilst its mum does an aerobic class!

I decided on walking and yoga, both completely new things for me – usually I would run everywhere and yoga was not something in my vocabulary!

Baby Yoga

Photo taken from http://www.baliyogawellness.com
Photo taken from http://www.baliyogawellness.com

When I found out I was pregnant I was intending on going back to a gym and to do yoga and pilates but I am very glad I didn’t as baby yoga is very different to a normal yoga class and a lot more about relaxation than being a contortionist.

Baby Yoga was something I wasn’t sure about because Yoga has always been one of those things that I find impossible to do purely because I have to be still and quiet! I turned up at my hospital where the class was to see 5 other pregnant women. It was great fun and our teacher is also a midwife so anyone goes into labour we are at the hospital and we have a midwife right near us. It was great to see the girls had the same issues as me although I was the only one still with morning sickness so I had to make a few trips to the toilet during the 2 hours.

My yoga teacher also said that baby yoga would also help the baby to get in the right position nearer the birth and help it to be a bit easier – I’m all for that!

We use exercise balls and poles and it’s a good work out as well as a section on ante natal at the end so it’s informative too 🙂 It’s quite funny to see pregnant women try to balance since having a bigger than usual stomach kind of gets in the way but it’s great fun 🙂

The dog has had a few walks this week too so I figure it’s good for her too me being pregnant as normally her walks are a bit sporadic.

Anyway I hope your training is going well. I’m just trying to get used to my next 6 months of training and to enjoy it before the hard work begins 🙂

 

 

 

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    1. Thanks Megan I will have a good read of this. I think he has me classified as high risk due to a number of reasons which is why he has put the restriction on most probably.

      I’m finding I don’t have much energy to do more than walking and yoga but am thinking of using my friends exercise bike once a week too to do a bit more cardio once I stop feeling sick 🙂

  1. I’m not a mum (one day…) and I’m not a pregnancy specialist, but I think you have to do what feels right for your body. Obviously walking and pregnancy yoga and working for you and the fact that you are staying active is the most important thing! I read an article yesterday on today.com that discussed some research on exercise in pregnancy. The researchers found that only 20 min of moderate exercise (walking, swimming) three times per week helped in the development of baby’s brain. Interesting stuff, but I think the best thing is that you are doing what is right for you and your little one 🙂
    Plus, it must be fun bouncing around with all the other mums to be 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy 🙂 it took a while to get used to my new lifestyle but I am starting to get used to it.

      20 mins of exercise – thats good to know 🙂 and yes bouncing around is great fun 🙂

      Hope your training is going well 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    I had those exact thoughts when I found out I was pregnant – getting fat and not being able to train. Fortunately, common sense prevailed and I realised that as long as I continue eating healthy and staying active in some form, I would be fine.

    The exhaustion is frustrating though. I’m now at 13 weeks and feel like I can finally start running again although much slower and for shorter periods – no PBs for the next six months, haha

    Baby yoga sounds like fun, IYouTube has some good baby yoga videos that vary in duration and intensity which is great whether you have only 15 minutes or 60.

    All the best with your pregnancy, and as Amy mentioned above, it’s all about listening to your body because every woman experiences pregnancy differently.

    1. Hi Kasia

      Thanks for your message. Congrats to you too 🙂 I feel constantly hungry and initially all I wanted was carbs but I am able to curb that a bit more now and have lots more fruit and vegetables.

      Have been trying to take the dog out for walks for at leqst an hour but its been very warm and stormy and then baby yoga once a week and relaxatiob and mild arm exercises 🙂 but do miss my running but we both don’t have long really in the scheme of things 🙂

      Good luck with your pregnancy 🙂 Zoe

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