Nottingham Post - Feature

If you didn’t manage to read my latest column in the Nottingham Evening Post which came out on Tuesday 18 June 2013, here’s another chance.

It’s now official – The Duchess of Cambridge’s due date has been announced by The Palace as 13 July 2013. Are you as excited as I am?

In this month’s article, I mention that The Duchess has now retired from Royal duties. I think is around about the right time to do so, to be honest. The majority of my pregnant clients go on maternity leave somewhere between 33-38 weeks pregnant.

As an Ante/Postnatal Fitness Expert, I touch on the benefits that exercise plays for babies of exercising mothers. It’s been documented by Dr James F Clapp, a leading Expert in the field of pregnancy exercise that:

The newborns of women who exercise during pregnancy don’t have trouble with the transition to life outside the uterus and tend to be alert and easy to care for.

And, to be honest, unless you’re having a high-risk pregnancy, there’s really no excuse these days for pregnant women not to be looking after themselves and staying active by doing their recommended 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week.

Exercise helps prepare your body not just for labour, but for motherhood and beyond. Babies, and the care required takes its toll on the strongest set of shoulders, to be fair. All that lifting, carrying, feeding, winding, changing and buggy pushing is very repetitive and requires strength and endurance in both your upper and lower body muscles.

If your cardiovascular system and arms and legs are strong, your body will be able to withstand the physical demands of labour. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t go out and run a marathon without any training beforehand would you, so what makes pregnancy and the preparation for birth any different?

What are your thoughts? Do you think you did enough exercise during pregnancy? Do you wish you’d done more to help you in labour?

Let me know.