We know about the many benefits of exercise during pregnancy, but with the changes your body is undergoing your ability to exercise can be affected.
So many changes in such a short time. The relaxin hormone is one of the most talked about of all the pregnancy hormones. It is well understood that an increase in this hormone toward the end of pregnancy, softens your ligaments and prepares your body for childbirth. BUT there is a (larger) significant increase in relaxin within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Think about the consequences… perhaps exercise regimes should take this initial spike into consideration?
Progesterone levels climb throughout pregnancy and with that comes some feel-good hormones but also some “side effects” like an increase in core temperature. The few degrees of increase may not sound like much but just ask a pregnant woman and they will confirm its like having your own internal heater. Considering this, it is important to avoid overheating be it during exercise or otherwise. In the first trimester it can be dangerous for the foetus but in the third trimester can cause dehydration for the mother.
Average weight gain during pregnancy can range from 7-17kg depending on the body. Every woman’s previous level of fitness differs, exercise history and overall health. Each body responds differently to pregnancy. As you grow, regardless of how much (!), your centre of gravity shifts. Exercises may need to be modified to ensure safe and effective performance. Feeling unbalanced and unco-ordinated is normal.
If you have any questions about specific exercise modifications or want help with planning a pregnancy program, leave us a comment.
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