Ah, pregnancy that golden time when you finally get to cancel the gym membership, put your feet up and ‘burn calories’ through a combination of channel surfing and padding to and from the fridge. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But unfortunately, that’s not the reality.
While fitness shouldn’t be your main consideration during pregnancy, it’s important to stay active where possible. After all, you’re about to become a parent and in between nappy-changing marathons and late-night feeding sessions you’re going to need a good level of energy in order to rise to the challenge.
Of course, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to pregnancy exercise and what is safe, so to give me a nudge in the right direction, I caught up with pre- and post-natal exercise specialist, Amy Saunders of Urban Energy Fitness. She gave me the lowdown about pregnancy exercise and busted the myths and misconceptions that surround this tricky topic. To put your mind at ease, here is the reality check on five prenatal fitness myths that just won’t die.
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Petit-Suisse cheese with berries and cereal
Hello. My name is Catherine and I am addicted to cookbooks. I’m only half joking here. The truth is that I have a huge cookbook collection and try as I might, it doesn’t look like I’m going to stop adding to it any time soon. Being seven months pregnant, my latest purchase is the Mum Cook Book by Beaba, which contains recipes for fresh, tasty and light treats for women during pregnancy. The recipes are designed for use with the Beaba babycook Solo, a baby food maker that steams, cooks and blends. It’s great news for mums-to-be, because the two combined give those who plan to make their own baby food the opportunity to have a practice run before the little one arrives.
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Whether it’s low blood pressure, indigestion, swollen ankles or sickness, every pregnant woman struggles with something. Heartburn is my particular brand of torture. I tried all the usual tricks, such as going to bed sitting up, which brought on a bad case of lower back pain – talk about double whammy! Next I moved onto TUMS antacid tablets. Unfortunately they turned out to be about as effective as a watering can on a forest fire. My doctor then suggested avoiding food six hours before bedtime (she types laughing). Er, are you kidding me? You want a pregnant woman to go 14 hours without food? My husband may lose an arm, while I lose my mind in a haze of hormones and ravenous morning sickness.
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