One of the questions I am often asked is whether you should monitor your heart rate while exercising during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) at one point recommended that during pregnancy women do not allow their heart rate to go above 140 beats per minute. This recommendation is still often talked about, but it was actually removed in 1994 as a … [Read more...] about HEART RATE DURING EXERCISING WHEN PREGNANT
It all started 4 years ago with this big bump! 🙂 Wow what a 4 years it has been! So many changes over 4 years. Changes to my life, my mind, my body, my attitude, my soul. My whole focus in life took a new direction on 9 February 2014. My time, my heart, my fears would never again be my own. There has been so much learning. So many new challenges and adventures. I still … [Read more...] about TJ’s Birth Story
I am often asked whether you should continue to run during pregnancy. My answer is normally really annoying.....it all depends! Generally speaking if you did an activity such as running pre-pregnancy then provided it does not put your baby at risk (due to impact/falling) then you can continue during your pregnancy - making modifications as needed and as you progress through your pregnancy. I … [Read more...] about Running during pregnancy
As I left the hospital after the birth of my second baby I asked the doctor which exercises I could start to do. His response was along the lines of, “well you should be ok to get back to your usual routine as soon as you feel up to it. Just listen to your body.” Initially, I thought that is not very helpful, but actually he had a point. Every mom is individual. Every pregnancy is different. … [Read more...] about Listening to your body
We all long for the hot summer days……except if you are pregnant! Then the heat can be difficult to handle and it may raise your concern that your growing baby will get too hot. It is a common concern that mother and baby may overheat – particularly if the mother’s core temperature raises due to exercise. However, when you become pregnant the body actually LOWERS the set point at which you start … [Read more...] about Sunshine, sweating and swelling!
I know lots of you do exercise classes at the gym pre-pregnancy and are unsure whether you should continue with them now that you are pregnant. Assuming that there are no medical reasons why you should not exercise then my view is that you can still do exercise classes. Staying active during your pregnancy has big benefits for you and your baby and so if exercise classes are your thing then I … [Read more...] about Exercise classes during pregnancy